# Definition of approximation

### Definitions

1. countable noun

An approximation is a fact, object, or description which is similar to something else, but which is not exactly the same.

[+ of] ⇒ That is a fair approximation of the way in which the next boss is being chosen.

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2. countable noun

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### Definitions

noun

1. the process or result of making a rough calculation, estimate, or guess

⇒ he based his conclusion on his own approximation of the fuel consumption

3. mathematics an inexact number, relationship, or theory that is sufficiently accurate for a specific purpose

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### Definitions

noun

1. the act or state of approximating, or coming close

2. an estimate, guess, or mathematical result that is approximately correct or close enough to exactness for a particular purpose

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### Example sentences containing 'approximation'

I am already in a state of inner peace,' Kenny said smugly and crossed his legs into an approximation of the lotus position to show them. JUST BETWEEN US

She'd given him the closest approximation to a sexy smile her dimpled face could manage and they'd retired to bed together. SACRAMENT

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## Translations for 'approximation'

British English: approximation NOUN

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*approximation*is a fact, object, or description which is similar to something else, but which is not exactly the same.That is a fair approximation of the way in which the next boss is being chosen.- Brazilian Portuguese: aproximação
- Chinese: 近似物
- European Spanish: aproximación
- French: approximation
- German: Annäherung
- Italian: approssimazione
- Japanese: 近似
- Korean: 근사
- Portuguese: aproximação
- Spanish: aproximación

## Nearby words of 'approximation'

- approximal
- approximate
- approximately
- approximation
- approximeeting
- appt
- appui

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