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approximate

[ə′präk·sə·mət (adjective) or ə′präk·sə‚māt (verb)]
(mathematics)
To obtain a result that is not exact but is near enough to the correct result for some specified purpose.
To obtain a series of results approaching the correct result.
(science and technology)
Close to the correct value. Abbreviated approx.
To be close to.
References in classic literature ?
His light pajamas had been but little protection from the chill dampness of the jungle, and only that side of him which was pressed against the warm body of his shaggy companion approximated to comfort.
Had she perceived this meeting's import she might have asked why she was doomed to be seen and coveted that day by the wrong man, and not by some other man, the right and desired one in all respects--as nearly as humanity can supply the right and desired; yet to him who amongst her acquaintance might have approximated to this kind, she was but a transient impression, half forgotten.
Noting two recent revenue procedures that allowed a replacement cost method that approximated actual cost, the AICPA urged the IRS and Treasury to "allow the use of rolling average cost whenever it approximates actual cost consistent" with these rulings.

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