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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] approximatus, past participle of approximare (to approach); ad + proximare (to come near). See proximate.

Pronunciation

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Adjective

approximate (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
approximate

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
  2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate.
    Approximate results or values.

Derived terms

Quotations

To help carry out its mission, NASA's Genesis spacecraft has on board an ion monitor to record the speed, density, temperature and approximate composition of the solar wind ions.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to approximate

Third person singular
approximat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to approximate (third-person singular simple present approximat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  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.
  3. To estimate.

Quotations

When you follow two deparate chains of thought, Watson, you will find some point of intersection which should approximate to the truth.
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

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