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approximate (adj.)

"near in position, close to," 1640s, from Late Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare "to come near to," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + proximare "come near," from proximus "nearest," superlative of prope "near" (see propinquity). Meaning "near in accuracy or correctness" is by 1816. Also used in Middle English in a sense "similar" (early 15c.).

approximate (v.)

early 15c., "to bring or put close," from Late Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare "to come near to," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + proximare "come near," from proximus "nearest," superlative of prope "near" (see propinquity). Intransitive meaning "to come close" is from 1789. Related: Approximated; approximating.

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Definitions of approximate from WordNet
1
approximate (adj.)
located close together;
approximate leaves grow together but are not united
Synonyms: close together
approximate (adj.)
not quite exact or correct;
the approximate time was 10 o'clock
Synonyms: approximative / rough
approximate (adj.)
very close in resemblance;
sketched in an approximate likeness
Synonyms: near
2
approximate (v.)
be close or similar;
Her results approximate my own
Synonyms: come close
approximate (v.)
judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time);
Synonyms: estimate / gauge / guess / judge
From wordnet.princeton.edu