approximate


approximate
approximate ap‧prox‧i‧mate [əˈprɒksmt ǁ əˈprɑːk-] adjective
an approximate amount or number is not exact, but is more or less correct:

• an approximate calculation of the overall cost of the project

— approximately adverb :

• Travelling time from London is approximately 4 hours.

• an area of approximately 72 hectares

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Ⅰ.
approximate UK US /əˈprɒksɪmət/ adjective (ABBREVIATION approx, or approx.)
close to a particular number or time but not exactly that number or time: »

All numbers are approximate.

the approximate amount/cost/number »

The final resulting figure is the approximate amount for which the home should be insured.

Ⅱ.
approximate UK US /əˈprɒksɪmeɪt/ verb [I or T]
to be close to a particular number or time but not exactly that number or time: »

Compound annual earnings growth has approximated 90%.

approximate to sth »

To secure the company, it is having to pay a price approximating to half its present market capitalization.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • approximate — [adj1] almost accurate, exact almost, close, comparative, near, proximate, relative, rough; concept 557 Ant. accurate, clear, definite, exact, precise approximate [adj2] inexact estimated, guessed, imperfect, imprecise, loose, rough, surmised,… …   New thesaurus

  • Approximate — Ap*prox i*mate, a. [L. approximatus, p. p. of approximare to approach; ad + proximare to come near. See {Proximate}.] 1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling. [1913 Webster] 2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Approximate — Ap*prox i*mate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Approximated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Approximating}.] 1. To carry or advance near; to cause to approach. [1913 Webster] To approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approximate — I adjective alike, almost, approaching, close, comparable, estimated, imprecise, in the vicinity of, inexact, like, much the same, nearly accurate, nearly correct, nearly equal, nearly perfect, nearly resembling, nigh, not perfectly accurate,… …   Law dictionary

  • Approximate — Ap*prox i*mate, v. i. To draw; to approach. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approximate — vb *approach, near …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • approximate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fairly accurate but not totally precise. ► VERB 1) come close in quality or quantity. 2) estimate fairly accurately. DERIVATIVES approximately adverb approximation noun approximative adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • approximate — [ə präk′sə mit; ] for v. [, ə präk′səmāt΄] adj. [ME < LL approximatus, pp. of approximare, to come near < L ad , to + proximus, superl. of prope, near] 1. near in position; close together 2. much like; resembling 3. more or less correct or… …   English World dictionary

  • approximate — v. (BE) (D; intr.) ( to come near ) to approximate to (to approximate to the truth) * * * [ə prɒksɪmeɪt] (BE) (D; intr.) ( to come near ) to approximate to (to approximate to the truth) apt adf. (cannot stand alone) approximate to + inf. (he is… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • approximate — ap|prox|i|mate1 W3S3 [əˈprɔksımıt US əˈpra:k ] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of approximare to come near to , from Latin ad to + proximare to come near ] an approximate number, amount, or time is close to the exact …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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