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The word approximate and its family (approximated, approximately, approximates, approximating, approximation, approximations) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the adjective approximate

What does approximate mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective

  1. not quite exact or correct
  2. very close in resemblance
    • example: sketched in an approximate likeness
    • synonym of approximate: near
    • similar: close
  3. located close together
    • example: approximate leaves grow together but are not united
    • synonym of approximate: close together
    • similar: close

Alternative definition of the adjective approximate

adjective

  1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
  2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate.

Definition of the verb approximate

What does approximate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: approximated | approximating | approximates

  1. be close or similar
    • example: Her results approximate my own
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of approximate: come close
    • more generic word: resemble = appear like
    • more specific terms: border on / approach = come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
  2. judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]He estimated the probability of Don Quixote spontaneously combusting upon contact with the curry powederVerbs of Assessment: assess, count, estimate, gauge, guess, guesstimate, judge, project, quantize
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] at [Value]He estimated the probability at 0.9
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]He estimated that it would be likely
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, to be]He estimated this outcome to be likely
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-extraction]He estimated what would be likely
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Value, how-extraction]He estimated how likely it would be
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]The dealer valued the bookMeasure Verbs: appraise, assess, auction, calibrate, estimate, fix, gauge, peg, price, rate, reappraise, value
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] at [Value]The dealer valued the book at $200
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of approximate: estimate / gauge / guess / judge
    • more generic terms: calculate / cipher / compute / cypher / figure / reckon / work out = make a mathematical calculation or computation
    • more specific words:
      • quantise / quantize = approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values
      • misgauge = gauge something incorrectly or improperly
      • place / put / set = estimate
      • give = estimate the duration or outcome of something
      • underestimate / lowball = make a deliberately low estimate
      • assess = estimate the value of (property) for taxation
      • make = calculate as being
      • reckon / count = take account of
      • truncate = approximate by ignoring all terms beyond a chosen one
      • guesstimate = estimate based on a calculation

Alternative definition of the verb approximate

verb

  1. To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.
  2. To come near to; to approach.
  3. To estimate.

Explanation

Approximate: Not quite exact or correct; almost exact or correct.

Phrases with Approximate

Phrases starting with the word Approximate:

  1. approximate range
  2. Approximate Lucine

Phrases ending with the word Approximate:

  1. Apate Approximate
  2. Species Apate Approximate

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Approximate

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Google previewEncyclopedia of World Poetry (2015)

by R. Victoria Arana

Approximate. Man. 1931 Work Author:Tristan Tzara This booklength poetic work was published in the same year that Tristan Tzara's critical "Essay on the Situation of Poetry" (Essai sur la situation de lapoésie) raninthe Marxist journal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Data Warehousing and Mining, Second Edition (2008)

by Wang, John

However, approximate query answering has not been externalized yet to the end user by major vendors, though sampling operators are appearing in commercial databasemanagementsystems. Research prototypesexist in the industry (e.g., ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science (2006)

by P. Somasundaran

been developed to approximate the EDL interactions based on Eqs. INTRODUCTION Particles are encountered in a wide range of engineering applications and processing industries. Examples include coagulation ...

Google previewBuilding Law Encyclopaedia (2009)

by David Chappell, Michael H. Dunn, Michael Cowlin

SBC has a specific version 'With Approximate Quantities'. It is a remeasurement contract, not a lump sum contract, and therefore there is no contract sum (qv) to adjust, but rather an ascertained sum.

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Usage statistics about approximate

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective approximate:

roughnear

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb approximate:

approximategaugeguessjudgeestimate

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Approximate Meaning

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Quotes about Approximate

Thus, the more succinctly a train of thought was expounded, and the more comprehensive the unity of its basic idea, the closer it would approximate to the prerequisites of the mathematical way of thinking. (Max Bill)
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Scrabble value of A1P3P3R1O1X8I1M3A1T1E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 24 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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