Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “approximation”

approximation

noun [C] uk   /əˌprɒk.sɪˈmeɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ˌprɑːk-/ formal
a guess of a number that is not exact but that is close: Could you give me a rough approximation of how many people will be coming? What he said bore no approximation whatsoever to the truth (= was not at all like the truth).
(Definition of approximation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of approximation?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Guesses and assumptions, but you might be interested in these topics from the Thinking, dreaming and ideas topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “approximation” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More