- 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 approached
The cops climbed out and approached the man who remained in the street.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Wahlberg fled from the scene and approached a bystander, Hoa Trinh, also Vietnamese.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
December 7, 2014
At 4:45 p.m., he was approached by Justin Damico, a plainclothes cop, and another officer, Daniel Pantaleo, outside the store.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
For one man, it was the first time he had ever approached a woman.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
In the fall, I received a Rhodes Scholarship—I approached arrogance.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
As I approached her apartment, the voice of Alcibiades met my ear.
As I approached nearer I saw at every step new tokens of my friends.
Aunt Jane approached a degree nearer the equator, and said, gently, "I fear I do."
He was reading when I approached him, and he looked flushed and agitated.
As they approached it, the dull hue that lay upon it resembled that of the leaden sky.
- 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 approached
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.