:to draw closer to :near
:to come very near to :to be almost the same as
- … its mathematics approaches mysticism.
- —Theodore Sturgeon
- as the quantity x approaches zero
:to make advances to especially in order to create a desired result
- was approached by several Broadway producers
:to take preliminary steps toward accomplishment or full knowledge or experience of
- Try to approach the subject with an open mind.
:to draw nearer
- The time is fast approaching.
:to make an approach in golf