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approximate

[adj. uh-prok-suh-mit; v. uh-prok-suh-meyt] /adj. əˈprɒk sə mɪt; v. əˈprɒk səˌmeɪt/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin approximātus drawn near to, approached (past participle of approximāre). See ap-1, proximate
Related forms
approximately, adverb
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Examples for approximately
  • The restaurant area seats approximately 30 people.
  • Although tunnels are approximately horizontal, they must be built with sufficient gradient for proper drainage.
  • Remove approximately one cup of liquid from pot and place in a small bowl.
  • At peak hours they will run approximately every 10 minutes, at off-peak hours, approximately every 15 minutes.
  • The cost of this non-renewable water is approximately one tenth of the cost of desalinated water.
  • The approximately $3 million campaign will also focus on the new gorilla exhibit.
  • The Atlanta office has about 120 employees and costs approximately $32 million annually to operate.
  • The oldest known tyrannosaurids lived approximately 120 million years ago.
  • Over 11 days, with a lunch and a light dinner, each of us could taste approximately 55 dishes.
  • Enter the church as quietly as possible, and as there are no ushers at a funeral, seat yourself where you approximately belong.
British Dictionary definitions for approximately

approximately

/əˈprɒksɪmɪtlɪ/
adverb
1.
close to; around; roughly or in the region of

approximate

adjective (əˈprɒksɪmɪt)
1.
almost accurate or exact
2.
inexact; rough; loose only an approximate fit
3.
much alike; almost the same
4.
near; close together
verb (əˈprɒksɪˌmeɪt)
5.
(usually foll by to) to come or bring near or close; be almost the same (as)
6.
(maths) to find an expression for (some quantity) accurate to a specified degree See accurate (sense 4)
Derived Forms
approximative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin approximāre, from Latin proximus nearest, from prope near
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Word Origin and History for approximately
adv.

1742, from approximate (adj.) + -ly (2).

approximate

adj.

early 15c., from Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare "to come near to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + proximare "come near," from proximus "nearest," superlative of prope "near" (see propinquity).

v.

early 15c., "to bring or put close," from approximate (adj.). Meaning "to come close" is from 1789. Related: Approximated; approximating.

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approximately in Medicine

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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