[ uh-prohch ]
/ əˈproʊtʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to come nearer; draw near: A storm is approaching.
to come near in character, time, amount, etc.; approximate.


Nearby words

  1. appressed,
  2. appressorium,
  3. apprise,
  4. apprize,
  5. appro,
  6. approach light,
  7. approach shot,
  8. approachable,
  9. approbate,
  10. approbation

Origin of approach

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English a(p)prochen < Anglo-French, Old French a(p)rocher < Late Latin adpropiāre, verbal derivative, with ad- ad-, of Latin propius nearer (comparative of prope near), replacing Latin appropinquāre; (noun) late Middle English approche, derivative of the v.

1. near, close with. 3. sound out.

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for approach


/ (əˈprəʊtʃ) /



Word Origin for approach

C14: from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiāre to draw near, from Latin prope near

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