Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
- Almost exact or correct: the approximate time of the accident.
- Very similar; closely resembling: sketched an approximate likeness of the suspect.
- Botany Close together but not united.
- To come close to; be nearly the same as: This meat substitute approximates the real thing.
- To bring near.
- To bring together, as cut edges of tissue.
- To come near or close, as in degree, nature, or quality.