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approximate +‎ -ion

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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
      Coordinate term: imbrication
    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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Borrowed from Latin approximātiōnem.

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approximation f (plural approximations)

  1. approximation; an imprecise solution

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