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APPROX'IMATE, adjective [Latin ad and proximus, next. See approach.]

Nearest to; next; near to. [This word is superseded by proximate.]

APPROX'IMATE, verb transitive To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.

To approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature.

APPROX'IMATE, verb intransitive To come near; to approach.