• (RP) IPA: /ə.ˈpɹɒk.sɪ.mət/
  • (America) IPA: /ə.ˈpɹɑk.sə.mət/, /ə.ˈpɹɑk.sɪ.mət/
  • (RP) IPA: /ə.ˈpɹɒk.sɪ.meɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ə.ˈpɹɑk.sə.meɪt/


  1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
  2. Nearing correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate.
    approximate results or values
    NASA's Genesis spacecraft has on board an ion monitor to record the speed, density, temperature and approximate composition of the solar wind ions.
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approximate (approximates, present participle approximating; past and past participle approximated)

  1. (ambitransitive) To estimate.
    I approximated the value of pi by taking 22 divided by 7.
  2. (transitive) To come near to; to approach.
    • 1911, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
      When you follow two separate chains of thought, Watson, you will find some point of intersection which should approximate to the truth.
    • The telescope approximates perfection.
  3. (transitive) To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.
    • to approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature
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