meaning of approximate

approximate meaning in General Dictionary

to-draw to approach

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  • to transport or advance next to trigger to approach
  • Approaching proximate nearly resembling
  • really close in resemblance
  • not exactly exact or proper
  • found close together
  • be close or similar
  • judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
  • Approaching; proximate; almost resembling.
  • Near correctness; nearly specific; perhaps not perfectly precise; as, approximate outcomes or values.
  • to hold or advance near; to cause to approach.
  • To come in close proximity to; to approach.
  • to attract; to approach.

approximate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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

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  • very early 15c., "to create or put close," from approximate (adj.). Meaning "ahead close" is from 1789. Relevant: Approximated; approximating.

approximate meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Approaching; proximate; almost resembling.

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  • (a.) Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate; because, estimated results or values.
  • (v. t.) To carry or advance near; resulting in to approach.
  • (v. t.) Ahead near to; to approach.
  • (v. i.) To draw; to approach.

Sentence Examples with the word approximate

There are extensions of the binomial theorem, by means of which approximate calculations can be made of fractions, surds, and powers of fractions and of surds; the main difference being that the number of terms which can be taken into account is unlimited, so that, although we may approach nearer and nearer to the true value, we never attain it exactly.

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