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Etymology Edit

approximate +‎ -ion

Pronunciation Edit

  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˌpɹɒksɪˈmeɪʃn/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /əˌpɹɑksɪˈmeɪʃn/

Noun Edit

approximation (countable and uncountable, plural approximations)

  1. (uncountable, countable) The act, process or result of approximating, as:
    • 2018, Tsitsi Dangarembga, This Mournable Body, Faber & Faber (2020), page 5:
      At the back of the cupboard, you find your interview skirt, the one you bought when you had cash to purchase an approximation of the fashion spreads you mulled over in magazines.
    1. (mathematics) An imprecise solution or result that is adequate for a defined purpose.
    2. (medicine) The act of bringing together the edges of tissue to be sutured.
      Synonym: coaptation
    3. (linguistics) The act of producing a near-simulation of the pronunciation of a foreign language for a loanword therefrom, or any given pronunciation resulting from that act.
      Hyponym: (misplaced attempt at approximation) hyperforeignism
      For some loanwords borrowed from French into English, the standard English pronunciation is an approximation of the French, as with denoument.

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Etymology Edit

Borrowed from Latin approximātiōnem.

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Noun Edit

approximation f (plural approximations)

  1. approximation; an imprecise solution

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