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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



2. approximate very close in resemblance

SamplesSketched in an approximate likeness.
A near likeness.



Antonymsdistant, remote

3. approximate located close together

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

Synonymsclose together



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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