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English noun: approximation

1. approximation (cognition) an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth

SamplesAn estimate of what it would cost.
A rough idea how long it would take.

Synonymsestimate, estimation, idea

Broader (hypernym)calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning

Narrower (hyponym)credit, credit rating, dead reckoning, guess, guessing, guesstimate, guesswork, guestimate, overestimate, overestimation, overrating, overreckoning, scalage, shot, underestimate, underestimation, underrating, underreckoning

2. approximation (attribute) the quality of coming near to identity (especially close in quantity)

Broader (hypernym)similarity

3. approximation (communication) an imprecise or incomplete account

SamplesNewspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events.

Broader (hypernym)version

4. approximation (act) the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue

Synonymsbringing close together

Broader (hypernym)connection, connexion, joining

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