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English definition of “approximate”

approximate

verb [I or T]     /əˈprɒksɪmeɪt/
to be close to a particular number or time but not exactly that number or time: Compound annual earnings growth has approximated 90%.approximate to sth To secure the company, it is having to pay a price approximating to half its present market capitalization.
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