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Definition almost, but not exact; or similar
  • The state has approximately as many Republicans as Democrats.
approximately = about
  • The circumference of the earth is approximately 24,900 miles at the equator.
  • approximately = about
  • He had approximately one thousand dollars tucked in his boot.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • approximately = about
  • Approximately 75 to 80 percent of incarcerated women are mothers with minor children.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • approximately = about
  • Staff Sergeant Max Mayhem and Private Jasper Jacks awake in a dark, empty room approximately twelve feet square.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • approximately = about
  • 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
  • approximate = almost, but not exact
  • Yes, it was a great night to be Liesel Meminger, and the calm, the warm, and the soft would remain for approximately three more months.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • approximately = about
  • He approximated the movement he had made.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • approximated = roughly duplicated
  • 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
  • approximately = roughly (not exactly)
  • When at last we left Mrs. Cadaver and Mrs. Partridge, we drove for approximately three minutes.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • approximately = about
  • In Sweden approximately 4,000 people are under guardianship.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • approximately = about (but not exactly)
  • 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
  • approximately = about (but not exactly)
  • In some cases those dates are approximate because there is no record of exact start dates.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • approximate = about accurate, but not exact
  • Everest had killed more than 130 people since the British first visited the mountain in 1921—approximately one death for every four climbers who'd reached the summit—and that many of those who died had been far stronger and possessed vastly more high-altitude experience than I.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • approximately = about (but not exactly)
  • 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
  • approximate = rough estimate of
  • Call it one hundred because ninety-five cries out to be approximated.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • approximated = rounded (roughly estimated)
  • "Approximately-oximately thirty days, all told," answered the goose.
    E. B. White  --  Charlotte's Web
  • approximately = about (but not exactly)
  • 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
  • approximately = about
  • Tim, is it correct that on the night of October 29 to the 30 of last year, you were skippering your boat into Barkley Cove Harbor at approximately 1:45 to 2:00 A.M.?
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • approximately = about
  • "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
approximately = roughly (not exactly)

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