approximate

approximate ap∙proxi∙mate adj. • (abbr. approx) almost correct or accurate, but not completely so • 大约的;近似的;接近的:
»an approximate number / total / cost
约数;概算总额;约计成本
»The cost given is only approximate.
所列成本仅系约计。
»Use these figures as an approximate guide in your calculations.
在你的计算中把这些数字作为近似参考数值。
【OPP】 exact verb (formal) 1. approximate (to) sth to be similar or close to sth in nature, quality, amount, etc., but not exactly the same • 近似;接近: ▪ [VN]
»The animals were reared in conditions which approximated the wild as closely as possible.
这些动物是在尽量近似自然的环境下饲养的。
»The total cost will approximate £15 billion.
总费用将近 150 亿英镑。
▪ [V]
»His story approximates to the facts that we already know.
他的陈述和我们已掌握的事实接近。
2. [VN] to calculate or estimate sth fairly accurately • 近似计算;概略估算:
»a formula for approximating the weight of a horse
估算一匹马重量的公式
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adj. 近似的, 大約的
v. 近似, 接近, 接近, 約計

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  • approximate — ap‧prox‧i‧mate [əˈprɒksmt ǁ əˈprɑːk ] adjective an approximate amount or number is not exact, but is more or less correct: • an approximate calculation of the overall cost of the project approximately adverb : • Travelling time from London is… …   Financial and business terms

  • approximate — [adj1] almost accurate, exact almost, close, comparative, near, proximate, relative, rough; concept 557 Ant. accurate, clear, definite, exact, precise approximate [adj2] inexact estimated, guessed, imperfect, imprecise, loose, rough, surmised,… …   New thesaurus

  • Approximate — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Approximate — 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. [1913 Webster] To approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approximate — I adjective alike, almost, approaching, close, comparable, estimated, imprecise, in the vicinity of, inexact, like, much the same, nearly accurate, nearly correct, nearly equal, nearly perfect, nearly resembling, nigh, not perfectly accurate,… …   Law dictionary

  • Approximate — Ap*prox i*mate, v. i. To draw; to approach. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approximate — vb *approach, near …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • approximate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fairly accurate but not totally precise. ► VERB 1) come close in quality or quantity. 2) estimate fairly accurately. DERIVATIVES approximately adverb approximation noun approximative adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • approximate — [ə präk′sə mit; ] for v. [, ə präk′səmāt΄] adj. [ME < LL approximatus, pp. of approximare, to come near < L ad , to + proximus, superl. of prope, near] 1. near in position; close together 2. much like; resembling 3. more or less correct or… …   English World dictionary

  • approximate — v. (BE) (D; intr.) ( to come near ) to approximate to (to approximate to the truth) * * * [ə prɒksɪmeɪt] (BE) (D; intr.) ( to come near ) to approximate to (to approximate to the truth) apt adf. (cannot stand alone) approximate to + inf. (he is… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • approximate — ap|prox|i|mate1 W3S3 [əˈprɔksımıt US əˈpra:k ] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of approximare to come near to , from Latin ad to + proximare to come near ] an approximate number, amount, or time is close to the exact …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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