ap·prox·i·mate /-ˌmet/ 及物動詞
1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate; as, approximate results or values.
Approximate quantities Math., those which are nearly, but not, equal.
Ap·prox·i·mate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Approximated p. pr. & vb. n. Approximating.]
1. To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.
To approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature. --Burke.
2. To come near to; to approach.
The telescope approximates perfection. --J. Morse.
Ap·prox·i·mate, v. i. To draw; to approach.
adj 1: not quite exact or correct; "the approximate time was 10
o'clock"; "a rough guess"; "a ballpark estimate" [syn:
2: very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate
likeness"; "a near likeness" [syn: near]
3: located close together; "with heads close together";
"approximate leaves grow together but are not united"
[syn: close together(p)]
v 1: be close or similar; "Her results approximate my own" [syn:
2: judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or
time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
[syn: estimate, gauge, guess, judge]