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The state has approximately as many Republicans as Democrats.
  almost, but not exact; or similar
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approximately approximate approximating approximated approximates
Strongly Associated with:   proximate, proximity
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  • The state has approximately as many Republicans as Democrats.
  • The circumference of the earth is approximately 24,900 miles at the equator.
  • Bayonne was a small town of about six thousand. Approximately three thousand five hundred whites; approximately two thousand five hundred colored.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • With daily doses of this trigger chemical, the plastic will gradually melt away and be absorbed into the body. Your face goes back to where it started. More or less. ... We can only approximate the places where bone was shaved away.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies

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  • In practice this meant that no book written before approximately 1960 could be translated as a whole.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It took him approximately five months to turn his statement into a true one.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • In some cases those dates are approximate because there is no record of exact start dates.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I knew osteosarcoma was highly curable, but still. There are a number of ways to establish someone’s approximate survival expectations without actually asking. I used the classic: "So, are you in school?"
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • He had approximately one thousand dollars tucked in his boot.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The creature was a party of boys, marching approximately in step in two parallel lines and dressed in strangely eccentric clothing.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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  • "Where’s the rest?" asks a bearded guy in scrubs.
    "Other driver suffering mild concussions, being treated at the scene. Parents DOA. Boy, approximately seven years old, just behind us."
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • She laughed. "Where were we?"
    "Well, my face was approximately where it is now, but your face was a lot closer to mine."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Now that Phineas was back it seemed time to start saying prayers again. After the lights went out the special quality of my silence let him know that I was saying them, and he kept quiet for approximately three minutes.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • He lasts approximately five seconds before stepping backward with hands raised in surrender.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • I’d say it would be pretty hard to play soccer on the soccer field when it’s approximately twenty feet from where my sister was supposedly murdered.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Your daughter says she was bitten by a green lizard, approximately one foot high, which walked upright onto the beach from the mangrove swamp?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • In the first week, he’d tried to approximate something by Schumann; for a few days after that; he’d been inspired more by Grieg.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • In Sweden approximately 4,000 people are under guardianship.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Japanese scientists thought they knew the exact height at which the bomb at Hiroshima was exploded and the approximate weight of the uranium used.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • At approximately 1:30 P.M. on September 21, the neighbors on Carlin Street began to hear screams from the White bungalow.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • There is nothing better than a chicken leg when you haven’t eaten for (approximately) eighteen-and-a-half hours.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • One region is the world of the senses, about which we can only have approximate or incomplete knowledge...
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • After approximately fifteen minutes, the diabolical plan bore its fruit, so to speak.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Would she keep an eye out for the approximate burial site of her son on the return trip?
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The physical similarities were striking: same steroidally round face, same nose, same approximate overall body shape.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • The stones fell principally on the home of Mrs. Margaret White, damaging the roof extensively and ruining two gutters and a downspout valued at approximately $25.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • One region is the world of the senses, about which we can only have approximate or incomplete knowledge by using our five (approximate or incomplete) senses.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • With children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren—whom he had not bothered to include—the brothers Fredrik and Johan Vanger had approximately fifty living offspring today.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Prior to the clinic’s existence, acute altitude illness killed approximately one or two out of every 500 trekkers who passed through Pheriche.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • At Base Camp there was approximately half as much oxygen as at sea level; at the summit only a third as much.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He blundered so without his glasses that he took a pair off the face of a wounded nurse, and although they only approximately compensated for the errors of his vision, they were better than nothing.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • If the government wants to hide somebody, there’s probably no place more isolated than my reservation, which is located approximately one million miles north of Important and two billion miles west of Happy.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • The Hundred Years’ War had progressed to approximately its twenty-sixth year with no indications of anything more than periods of uneasy truce.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Approximately two billion people were inside, all hollering so they could be heard over the irritating holiday (buy-our-stuff) music.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • It is my understanding that detention commences upon the conclusion of the final class period at approximately three thirty.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Approximately three hundred chairs faced the stage in stadium formation, allowing the bidders an unobstructed view.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • He’d never technically seen it, but he’d seen her enter the living room from this approximate side of the house.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Yesterday at approximately thirteen hundred hours.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • His perch overlooked the outdoor pool, where a group of staffers was approximating a game of volleyball.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The minimum-security camp at Danbury housed approximately 200 women at any given time, though sometimes it climbed to a nightmarishly cramped 250.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Approximately 75 to 80 percent of incarcerated women are mothers with minor children.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The mammoth prints before me, combined as they were with a forty-inch stride, suggested that the beast I was proposing to pursue was built on approximately the scale of a grizzly bear.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Instead, I was sure, they smacked of the excess and privilege of a sclerotic, purulent culture, the very forces that our nation’s people and will were struggling against, from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia to where we were posted at the time, in the foothill country of old Burma, approximately 125 kilometers from the outskirts of Rangoon.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Just make sure they’re all approximately the same depth, or else the logs won’t lock into place."
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • —pected that a man by the name of Logan Tanner, a Lunar doctor who worked under the reign of Queen Channary, first brought Princess Selene to Earth approximately four months after her alleged death.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The Count had sucked ten years from Westley this past week, and, with the life of sixty-five that was average for a Florinese male, the victim had approximately thirty years remaining, assuming he was about twenty-five when they started experimenting.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • "Well, approximately yes." he replied, lowering his arm to the vast relief of the bug: that is, comparatively no. What I mean is, relatively maybe—in other words, roughly perhaps.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Organizers said approximately 5,000 birds are acquired for the event.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • When at last we left Mrs. Cadaver and Mrs. Partridge, we drove for approximately three minutes.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
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Associated words [difficulty]:   approximate [1] , proximate [8] , proximity [2]
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