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verb approximate pronunciation in British English /əˈprɒksɪmeɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleapproximating
past tenseapproximated
past participleapproximated

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to be close to a particular number

    The crowd approximated 10,000.

    approximate to:

    This month’s results approximated to the average for this season.

    1. a.
      formal to be similar to something but not exactly the same

      This flavour approximates what I remember.

      approximate to:

      organizations approximating to trade unions


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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