# Definition of 'approximation'

1. countable noun

An 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.

2. countable noun

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noun

1.

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

3. mathematics

4. mathematics

b.

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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'

Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (1995)

You can also make a fair approximation of both its juice and zest by mixing sweet orange with lemon or lime.

Times, Sunday Times (2010) Principles of Corporate Finance (1991) Times, Sunday Times (2012)The most consistent finding of modern science is that the existence of human beings is, to a rough approximation, impossible.

Times, Sunday Times (2012)Which wasn't really a car, so much as a collection of pig iron fashioned into a rough approximation of a car.

Times, Sunday Times (2013)## Trends of 'approximation'

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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

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