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Definition of approximate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    approximate

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    verb
    NAmE//əˈprɑksəˌmeɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they approximate
     
    he / she / it approximates
     
    past simple approximated
     
    -ing form approximating
     
     
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  1. 1 [transitive, intransitive] to be similar or close to something in nature, quality, amount, etc., but not exactly the same approximate something The animals were reared in conditions that approximated the wild as closely as possible. The total cost will approximate $15 billion.
  2. 2[transitive] approximate something to calculate or estimate something fairly accurately a formula for approximating the weight of a horse
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