**Ap*prox"i*mate** (#), a. [L. *approximatus*, p. p. of *approximare* to approach; *ad + proximare* to come near. See Proximate.]

**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.

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**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.*

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**Ap*prox"i*mate**, v. i.

To draw; to approach.

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