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English adjective: approximate

1. approximate not quite exact or correct


SamplesThe approximate time was 10 o'clock.
A rough guess.
A ballpark estimate.


Synonymsapproximative, rough


Similarinexact


Antonymsexact

2. approximate very close in resemblance


SamplesSketched in an approximate likeness.
A near likeness.


Synonymsnear


Similarclose


Antonymsdistant, remote

3. approximate located close together


SamplesWith heads close together.
Approximate leaves grow together but are not united.


Synonymsclose together


Similarclose


Antonymsdistant


English verb: approximate

1. approximate (stative) be close or similar


SamplesHer results approximate my own.


Synonymscome close


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)resemble


Narrower (hyponym)approach, border on

2. approximate (cognition) judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)


SamplesI estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds.


Synonymsestimate, gauge, guess, judge


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out


Narrower (hyponym)assess, count, give, guesstimate, lowball, make, misgauge, place, put, quantise, quantize, reckon, set, truncate, underestimate









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