approximated

approximate

[adj. uh-prok-suh-mit; v. uh-prok-suh-meyt]
adjective
1.
near or approaching a certain state, condition, goal, or standard.
2.
nearly exact; not perfectly accurate or correct: The approximate time was 10 o'clock.
3.
near; close together.
4.
very similar; nearly identical.
verb (used with object), approximated, approximating.
5.
to come near to; approach closely to: to approximate an ideal.
6.
to estimate: We approximated the distance at three miles.
7.
to simulate; imitate closely: The motions of the stars can be approximated in a planetarium.
8.
to bring near.
verb (used without object), approximated, approximating.
9.
to come near in position, character, amount, etc.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin approximātus drawn near to, approached (past participle of approximāre). See ap-1, proximate

approximately, adverb
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approximate
 
adj
1.  almost accurate or exact
2.  inexact; rough; loose: only an approximate fit
3.  much alike; almost the same
4.  near; close together
 
vb
5.  (usually foll by to) to come or bring near or close; be almost the same (as)
6.  maths See accurate to find an expression for (some quantity) accurate to a specified degree
 
[C15: from Late Latin approximāre, from Latin proximus nearest, from prope near]
 
ap'proximative
 
adj

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approximate
1640s, from L. approximatus, pp. of approximare "to come near to," from ad- "to" + proximare "come near," from proximus "nearest," superlative of prope "near." The verb is 1650s, from the adjective. Related: Approximately (1845).
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approximate ap·prox·i·mate (ə-prŏk'sə-māt')
v. ap·prox·i·mat·ed, ap·prox·i·mat·ing, ap·prox·i·mates
To bring together, as cut edges of tissue. adj. (-mĭt)

  1. Relating to the contact surfaces, either proximal or distal, of two adjacent teeth; proximate.

  2. Close together. Used of the teeth in the human jaw.

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