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  1. [verb] be close or similar; "Her results approximate my own"
    Synonyms: come close

  2. [verb] judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
    Synonyms: estimate, gauge, guess, judge

  3. [adjective] not quite exact or correct; "the approximate time was 10 o'clock"; "a rough guess"; "a ballpark estimate"
    Synonyms: approximative, rough

  4. [adjective] very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"
    Synonyms: near

  5. [adjective] located close together; "with heads close together"; "approximate leaves grow together but are not united"
    Synonyms: close together


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