—adj. 1. near or approaching a certain state, condition, goal, or standard.
2. nearly exact; not perfectly accurate or correct: The approximate time was 10 o'clock. 3. near; close together.
4. very similar; nearly identical.
—v.t. 1. to come near to; approach closely to: to approximate an ideal. 2. to estimate: We approximated the distance at three miles. 3. to simulate; imitate closely: The motions of the stars can be approximated in a planetarium. 4. to bring near.
—v.i. to come near in position, character, amount, etc.