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English definition of “approximate”


verb [I + adv/prep, T]     /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).Guessing, supposing and suspecting
(Definition of approximate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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