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approximate

adjective uk   /əˈprɒk.sɪ.mət/  us   /-ˈprɑːk-/
B2 not completely accurate but close: The train's approximate time of arrival is 10.30. The approximate cost will be about $600. Can you give me an approximate idea of the numbers involved?
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verb [I + adv/prep, T] uk   /əˈprɒk.sɪ.meɪt/  us   /-ˈprɑːk-/ formal
to be almost the same as: The newspaper reports of the discussion only roughly approximated to (= were not exactly the same as) what was actually said. Student numbers this year are expected to approximate 5,000 (= to be about 5,000).
Translations of “approximate”
in Arabic تَقْريبيّ…
in Korean 대충의…
in Malaysian hampir tepat…
in French approximatif…
in Turkish yaklaşık, hemen hemen…
in Italian approssimato…
in Chinese (Traditional) 大致的,大約的,大概的…
in Russian приблизительный…
in Polish przybliżony…
in Vietnamese gần đúng…
in Spanish aproximado…
in Portuguese aproximado…
in Thai ใกล้เคียง, โดยประมาณ…
in German ungefähr…
in Catalan aproximat…
in Japanese おおよその, 概算の…
in Indonesian hampir tepat, kira-kira, kurang lebih…
in Chinese (Simplified) 大致的,大约的,大概的…
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