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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.
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"approximate" in British English

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approximateadjective

uk   /əˈprɒk.sɪ.mət/  us   /əˈprɑːk.sə.mət/
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   /əˈprɑːk.sə.meɪt/ formal
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"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)
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