approximate meaning

  • VerbSGapproximatesPRapproximatingPT, PPapproximatedSUF-mate
    1. To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.
      1. To approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature. --Burke.
    2. To come near to; to approach.
      1. The telescope approximates perfection. --J. Morse.
    3. To estimate.
    4. AdjectiveCOMmore approximateSUPmost approximate
      1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
        1. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate.
          1. Approximate results or values.
          2. To help carry out its mission, NASA's Genesis spacecraft has on board an ion monitor to record the speed, density, temperature and approximate composition of the solar wind ions.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • The microdialyser has a micro-sized cell culture chamber that is 200 picoliters (pL) in volume to approximate the ~5pL volume of the membrane-bound compartment of human macrophages.
          • Let us remember that free-hand drawing is only an approximate description of forms, and is not, like instrumental drawing, a mathematical representation of them.

      Meaning of approximate for the defined word.

      Grammatically, this word "approximate" is an adjective. It's also a verb.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adjectives
          • Verbs
          Difficultness: Level 4
          Easy     ➨     Difficult
          Definiteness: Level 7
          Definite    ➨     Versatile
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