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APPROXIMATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does approximate mean? 

APPROXIMATE (adjective)
  The adjective APPROXIMATE has 3 senses:

1. not quite exact or correct
2. very close in resemblance
3. located close together

  Familiarity information: APPROXIMATE used as an adjective is uncommon.


APPROXIMATE (verb)
  The verb APPROXIMATE has 2 senses:

1. be close or similar
2. judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)

  Familiarity information: APPROXIMATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


APPROXIMATE (adjective)


Sense 1approximate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not quite exact or correct

Synonyms:

approximate; approximative; rough

Context examples:

the approximate time was 10 o'clock / a rough guess / a ballpark estimate

Similar:

inexact (not exact)


Sense 2approximate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very close in resemblance

Synonyms:

approximate; near

Context examples:

sketched in an approximate likeness / a near likeness

Similar:

close (close in relevance or relationship)


Sense 3approximate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Located close together

Synonyms:

close together; approximate

Context examples:

with heads close together / approximate leaves grow together but are not united

Similar:

close (at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other)


APPROXIMATE (verb)


Sense 1approximate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be close or similar

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

approximate; come close

Context example:

Her results approximate my own

Hypernyms (to "approximate" is one way to...):

resemble (appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "approximate"):

approach; border on (come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2approximate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

estimate; gauge; approximate; guess; judge

Context example:

I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds

Hypernyms (to "approximate" is one way to...):

calculate; cipher; compute; cypher; figure; reckon; work out (make a mathematical calculation or computation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "approximate"):

quantise; quantize (approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values)

guesstimate (estimate based on a calculation)

truncate (approximate by ignoring all terms beyond a chosen one)

count; reckon (take account of)

make (calculate as being)

assess (estimate the value of (property) for taxation)

lowball; underestimate (make a deliberately low estimate)

give (estimate the duration or outcome of something)

place; put; set (estimate)

misgauge (gauge something incorrectly or improperly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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