Meaning of “approximately” in the English Dictionary

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"approximately" in British English

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approximatelyadverb

uk /əˈprɒk.sɪ.mət.li/ us /əˈprɑːk.sə.mət.li/

B1 close to a particular number or time although not exactly that number or time:

The job will take approximately three weeks, and cost approximately £1,000.

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  • Due to a slight technical hitch the concert will be starting approximately half an hour late.
  • In 1992 the population of Cairo was approximately 6,500,000.
  • One pound is approximately equal to 454 grams.
  • The length of the bay is approximately 200 miles.
  • The earth takes approximately 365 days to go round the sun.

(Definition of “approximately” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"approximately" in Business English

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approximatelyadverb

uk /əˈprɒksɪmətli/ us

close to a particular number or time although not exactly that number or time:

In December, the company reduced its workforce by approximately 5%.
It will take approximately two weeks to collect the data.

(Definition of “approximately” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)