approach (third-person singular simple present approaches, present participle approaching, simple past and past participle approached)
1.to come near or nearer to, The cars slowed down as they approached the intersection.
2.to come near to in quality, character, time, or condition; to come within range for comparison, As a poet he hardly approaches Keats.
3.to present, offer, or make a proposal or request to, to approach the president with a suggestion.
4.to begin work on; set about, to approach a problem.
5.to make advances to; address.
6.to bring near to something.
7.to come nearer; draw near, A storm is approaching.
8.to come near in character, time, amount, etc.; approximate.
9.the act of drawing near, the approach of a train.
10.nearness or close approximation, a fair approach to accuracy.1
1.any means of access, as a road or ramp, the approaches to a city.1
2.the method used or steps taken in setting about a task, problem, etc., His approach to any problem was to prepare an outline.1
3.the course to be followed by an aircraft in approaching for a landing or in joining a traffic pattern, The plane's approach to the airport was hazardous.1
4.Sometimes, approaches. a presentation, offer, or proposal. 1
5.approaches, Military. works for protecting forces in an advance against a fortified position. 1
6.Also called approach shot. Golf. a stroke made after teeing off, by which a player attempts to get the ball onto the putting green. 1
7.Bowling. the steps taken and the manner employed in delivering the ball, He favors a four-step approach.Also called runway. the area behind the foul line, from which the ball is delivered.
1. to come nearer in position, time, quality, character, etc, to (someone or something)
2. (transitive) to make advances to, as with a proposal, suggestion, etc
3. (transitive) to begin to deal with, to approach a problem
4. (transitive) (rare) to cause to come near noun
5. the act of coming towards or drawing close or closer
6. a close approximation
7. the way or means of entering or leaving; access
8. (often pl) an advance or overture to a person
9. a means adopted in tackling a problem, job of work, etc
10. Also called approach path. the course followed by an aircraft preparing for landing Word OriginC14, from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiāre to draw near, from Latin prope nearCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1300, from Anglo-French approcher, Old French aprochier "approach, come closer" (12c., Modern French approcher), from Late Latin appropiare "go nearer to," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + Late Latin propiare "come nearer," comparative of Latin prope "near" (see propinquity). Replaced Old English neahlæcan.
mid-15c., from approach (v.). Figurative sense of "means of handling a problem, etc." is first attested 190
The sound of tires crunching on gravel announced the approach of a vehicle.
Each of us was concerned with Howie's sanity and after I laid out all the proposed safe guards, we agreed for me to approach Howie.
Sofia didn't have time to plot how to approach her.
They parked behind rocks, away from the direction of their approach, and immediately saw a nearly invisible path upward.
Alex was sitting in his chair and they were alone at the moment, so it was a good time to approach him.
Hannah glanced up with a smile at her approach and patted the seat beside her.
The memory was achingly beautiful, and he remembered seeing his war-weary father approach from the house.
The eastern part of the country has always had a rather lackadaisical approach to maintenance, Tim said.
She felt comfortable enough now to approach that intimate conversation.
She'd have to approach one of them eventually if she ever wanted her powers back.
Something was troubling him and he was trying to figure out the best way to approach it.
She heard him approach from the direction of the stairs some time later.
This approach is even more flawed than the first.
At the approach of spring the red squirrels got under my house, two at a time, directly under my feet as I sat reading or writing, and kept up the queerest chuckling and chirruping and vocal pirouetting and gurgling sounds that ever were heard; and when I stamped they only chirruped the louder, as if past all fear and respect in their mad pranks, defying humanity to stop them.
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