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verb approximate pronunciation in British English /əˈprɒksɪmeɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyapproximate
he/she/itapproximates
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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