[ uh-prohch ]
/ əˈproʊtʃ /
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verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR approach
1 near, close with.
3 sound out.
OPPOSITES FOR approach
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Origin of approach
First recorded in 1275–1325; (verb) Middle English a(p)prochen, from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin adpropiāre “to draw near,” equivalent to ad- “to” and propiāre “to draw near,” derivative of Latin propius “nearer” (comparative of prope “near”), replacing Latin appropinquāre; (noun) late Middle English approche, derivative of the verb; see ad-, propinquity
OTHER WORDS FROM approach
ap·proach·er, nounap·proach·less, adjectivere·ap·proach, verbun·ap·proached, adjective
un·ap·proach·ing, adjectivewell-ap·proached, adjective
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How to use approach in a sentence
A potentially game-changing approach to such antiviral drugs involves a type of antiviral drug called a protease inhibitor.Can This Antiviral Approach Treat COVID-19?|Charu Kasturi|November 19, 2020|Ozy
Service meshes are part of a cloud native, containerized approach to development that enable micro services to communicate with one another.Solo.io announces service mesh platform aimed at enterprise customers|Ron Miller|November 12, 2020|TechCrunch
This is the same approach used by algorithms that can recommend movies or music.Computers are changing how art is made|Stephen Ornes|November 12, 2020|Science News For Students
This is a critical part of our approach to research at DeepMind.AI is wrestling with a replication crisis|Emily Luong|November 12, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Another promising coronavirus vaccine currently being developed by Moderna uses a similar approach.Pfizer claims its COVID-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective. Here’s what that actually means.|Claire Maldarelli|November 10, 2020|Popular-Science
Limited exogamy with direct maternal or paternal descent, accordingly, means a reapproach to endogamy.Elements of Folk Psychology|Wilhelm Wundt
Retrogression, reapproach to a standpoint to which the race has been long habituated in the past, is easier.The Theory of the Leisure Class|Thorstein Veblen
British Dictionary definitions for approach
/ (əˈprəʊtʃ) /
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 for approach
C14: from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiāre to draw near, from Latin prope near
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