- to come near or nearer to: The cars slowed down as they approached the intersection.
- to come near to in quality, character, time, or condition; to come within range for comparison: As a poet he hardly approaches Keats.
- to present, offer, or make a proposal or request to: to approach the president with a suggestion.
- to begin work on; set about: to approach a problem.
- to make advances to; address.
- to bring near to something.
- to come nearer; draw near: A storm is approaching.
- to come near in character, time, amount, etc.; approximate.
- the act of drawing near: the approach of a train.
- nearness or close approximation: a fair approach to accuracy.
- any means of access, as a road or ramp: the approaches to a city.
- the method used or steps taken in setting about a task, problem, etc.: His approach to any problem was to prepare an outline.
- 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.
- Sometimes approaches. a presentation, offer, or proposal.
- approaches, Military. works for protecting forces in an advance against a fortified position.
- Also called approach shot. Golf. a stroke made after teeing off, by which a player attempts to get the ball onto the putting green.
- 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.
Origin of approach
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Examples from the Web for approach
Like any good marketer, Silverman says he has sales figures proving his approach is working.The Case Against In-Your-Face Atheism
January 4, 2015
But we were attempting a deliberate naiveté, a decision to approach these books as if they might have something to teach us.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
This is kind of an accidental career for me—which is why I approach it with irreverence and playfulness.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy
December 27, 2014
But this approach can be troublesome for a variety of reasons.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
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But such an approach works against the traditional pride in self-sufficiency espoused by many in the American middle class.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
There was no danger of discovery on his approach, for it was a wild night of wind and rain.Way of the Lawless
They are "safe, because they are too filthy to handle, and too noisome even to approach."The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
But she could not help smiling, so evident was it that he simply wished to approach her.The Dream
He was prevented from replying by the approach of Simba at the head of eight of the askaris.
For days and days they flanked the safari before venturing to approach.
- to come nearer in position, time, quality, character, etc, to (someone or something)
- (tr) to make advances to, as with a proposal, suggestion, etc
- (tr) to begin to deal withto approach a problem
- (tr) rare to cause to come near
- the act of coming towards or drawing close or closer
- a close approximation
- the way or means of entering or leaving; access
- (often plural) an advance or overture to a person
- a means adopted in tackling a problem, job of work, etc
- Also called: approach path the course followed by an aircraft preparing for landing
Word Origin and History for approach
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 1905.