- 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 approaching
The younger man rolled down his window to receive the approaching Williams “to see what he wanted.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
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With the harsh Middle Eastern winter approaching fast, what people in Syria and Iraq need most, in fact, is humanitarian support.Dutch Biker Gangs Vs. ISIS
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On September 26, officers were targeted after approaching a car, driven by McGee, and fired at the driver.The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown
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A burst of machine-gun fire blew off the wall of a nearby building—the commandos were approaching.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
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But it also sharpens the clash between two very ways of approaching history.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
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I have no fear of those enlargements of the Constitution that seem to be approaching.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
But we are approaching the limits of what government alone can do.
He took a couple of drinks to celebrate his approaching immunity from debt.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
We had left the Boulevard, and were approaching the white-domed library.The Bacillus of Beauty
"I think I'll stay for the meeting," said Yates, approaching him and patting the horse.In the Midst of Alarms
- 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 approaching
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.