approach

[ 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.

noun

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.

SYNONYMS FOR approach

1 near, close with.
3 sound out.

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British Dictionary definitions for approaching

approach

/ (əˈprəʊtʃ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for approach

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