from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Very near or next, as in space, time, or order. See Synonyms at close.
  • adj. Approximate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Close or closest; adjacent.
  • adj. Immediately preceding or following in a chain of causation.
  • adj. About to take place; impending.
  • n. A grammatical marker in the Algonquian (and some other) languages for a principal third person

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Nearest; next immediately preceding or following.
  • n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Next; immediate; without the intervention of a third.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very close in space or time
  • adj. closest in degree or order (space or time) especially in a chain of causes and effects


Latin proximātus, past participle of proximāre, to come near, from proximus, nearest; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin proximatus, past participle of proximare ("to draw near, approach"), from Latin proximus ("nearest"), superlative of prope ("near"). (Wiktionary)



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