verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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
Synonyms for approach
Antonyms for approach
Related Words for approachedreach, surround, near, contact, threaten, meet, come, match, feel, advise, greet, address, start, advance, approximate, resemble, impend, equal, bear, converge
Examples from the Web for approached
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of approached
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.
Word Origin 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.