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Definition of Approximate


  1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
  2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate; as, approximate results or values.
  3. To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.
  4. To come near to; to approach.
  5. To draw; to approach.

Approximate Quotations

A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.
Milan Kundera

In an approximate way, the logic of commons has been understood for a long time, perhaps since the discovery of agriculture or the invention of private property in real estate.
Garrett Hardin

A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance.
Gian Carlo Menotti

Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
Christian Nestell Bovee

Today, most Americans are too cynical, or tired, or both, to even approximate our Founders' courageous repudiation of injustice.
Marianne Williamson
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Approximate Translations

approximate in Dutch is benaderen
approximate in Norwegian is omtrentlig
approximate in Portuguese is aproxime
approximate in Spanish is aproximado
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