Definitions for: Approximate

[adj] located close together; "with heads close together"; "approximate leaves grow together but are not united"
[adj] very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"
[adj] not quite exact or correct; "the approximate time was 10 o'clock"; "a rough guess"; "a ballpark estimate"
[v] form an opinion about; judge tentatively; form an estimate of, as of quantities or time; "I estimate this chicken to weigh at three pounds"
[v] be close or similar; "Her results approximate my own"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ap*prox"i*mate, a. [L. approximatus, p. p. of
approximare to approach; ad + proximare to come near. See
1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.

2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate;
as, approximate results or values.

Approximate quantities (Math.), those which are nearly, but
not, equal.

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.

To approximate the inequality of riches to the level
of nature. --Burke.

2. To come near to; to approach.

The telescope approximates perfection. --J. Morse.

Ap*prox"i*mate, v. i.
To draw; to approach.

Synonyms: approximative, ballpark, close, close together(p), come close, estimate, gauge, guess, inexact, judge, near, rough

See Also: approach, assess, border on, calculate, cipher, compute, count, cypher, figure, give, guesstimate, lowball, make, misgauge, overestimate, overrate, place, put, quantise, quantize, reckon, resemble, set, truncate, underestimate, work out

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