approximate

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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.
    • 1911, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
      When you follow two separate chains of thought, Watson, you will find some point of intersection which should approximate to the truth.
    • (Can we date this quote by J. Morse and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The telescope approximates perfection.
  3. (transitive) To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.
    • (Can we date this quote by Burke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      to approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature

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approximāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of approximō