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EtymologyEdit

From Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare (to approach); ad + proximare (to come near). See proximate.

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approximate (comparative more approximate, superlative most approximate)

  1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
  2. Nearing correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate.
    approximate results or values
    NASA's Genesis spacecraft has on board an ion monitor to record the speed, density, temperature and approximate composition of the solar wind ions.

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approximate (third-person singular simple present approximates, present participle approximating, simple past and past participle approximated)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To estimate.
    I approximated the value of pi by taking 22 divided by 7.
  2. (transitive) To come near to; to approach.
    • J. Morse
      The telescope approximates perfection.
  3. (transitive) To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.
    • Burke
      to approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature

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When you follow two separate chains of thought, Watson, you will find some point of intersection which should approximate to the truth.
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

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