1 near, advance, draw or come near or nearer or close or closer, Formal come nigh:
Claude approached the table. As night approached, the sky darkened. With approaching manhood, you must take on more responsibilities.
2 approximate, nearly equal, come close to, compare with:
The total is beginning to approach your estimate.
3 make advances or overtures to, proposition, propose to, sound out, make (a) proposal to, solicit, Colloq chat up:
Theo makes mincemeat of any man who tries to approach his daughter.
4 approaches. advances, overtures, proposals, propositions:
Michelle had no intention of discouraging Pierre's approaches.
5 access, passage, way, path, course; entry:
The approach to the house was overgrown with brambles.
6 advance, movement:
Our approach to the gates was being watched very carefully.
7 method, procedure, modus operandi, way, technique, style, manner, attitude, Slang US MO (= 'modus operandi'):
Our approach in dealing with the problem is different.