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"approximate" in British English

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approximateadjective

uk   /əˈprɒk.sɪ.mət/  us   /-ˈprɑːk-/
B2 not ​completelyaccurate 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 ​numbersinvolved?

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approximateverb [I + adv/prep, T]

uk   /əˈprɒk.sɪ.meɪt/  us   /-ˈprɑːk-/ formal
(Definition of approximate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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approximateadjective

 us   /əˈprɑk·sə·mət/
almostexact: Can you ​tell me the approximate ​value of this ​watch?
approximately
adverb  us   /əˈprɑk·sə·mət·li/
The ​job will take approximately three ​weeks to do.

approximateverb [T]

 us   /əˈprɑk·səˌmeɪt/
to come near in ​quality, ​amount, ​value, or ​character: The ​painting only approximated the ​mountainlandscape.
approximation
noun [C]  us   /əˌprɑk·səˈmeɪ·ʃən/
I only have an approximation of the ​size of the ​room.
(Definition of approximate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"approximate" in Business English

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approximateadjective

uk   us   /əˈprɒksɪmət/ ( abbreviation approx, or approx.)
close to a particular ​number or ​time but not exactly that ​number or ​time: All ​numbers are approximate.the approximate amount/cost/number The ​final resulting ​figure is the approximate ​amount for which the ​home should be ​insured.

approximateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /əˈprɒksɪmeɪt/
to be ​close to a particular ​number or ​time but not exactly that ​number or ​time: Compound ​annualearningsgrowth has approximated 90%.approximate to sth To ​secure the ​company, it is having to ​pay a ​price approximating to half its ​presentmarketcapitalization.
(Definition of approximate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “approximate”
in Korean 대충의…
in Arabic تَقْريبيّ…
in Malaysian hampir tepat…
in French approximatif…
in Russian приблизительный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 大致的,大約的,大概的…
in Italian approssimato…
in Turkish yaklaşık, hemen hemen…
in Polish przybliżony…
in Spanish aproximado…
in Vietnamese gần đúng…
in Portuguese aproximado…
in Thai ใกล้เคียง, โดยประมาณ…
in German ungefähr…
in Catalan aproximat…
in Japanese おおよその, 概算の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 大致的,大约的,大概的…
in Indonesian hampir tepat, kira-kira, kurang lebih…
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