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approach

verb ap·proach \ ə-ˈprōch \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of approach

transitive verb
1 a : to draw closer to : near
  • approach a destination
b : to come very near to : to be almost the same as
  • … its mathematics approaches mysticism.
  • —Theodore Sturgeon
  • as the quantity x approaches zero
2 a : to make advances to especially in order to create a desired result
  • was approached by several Broadway producers
b : to take preliminary steps toward accomplishment or full knowledge or experience of
  • Try to approach the subject with an open mind.
intransitive verb
1 : to draw nearer
  • The time is fast approaching.
2 : to make an approach in golf

Examples of approach in a Sentence

  1. The cat approached the baby cautiously.

  2. Ease off the gas pedal to slow down as the bend in the road approaches.

  3. We are approaching the end of the fiscal year.

  4. This weekend we're expecting temperatures approaching 100 degrees.

  5. The success rates approach 90 percent.

  6. He has a wild laugh that sometimes approaches hysteria.

  7. a reproduction that approaches the quality of the original painting

  8. The supervisor is quite easy to approach, so don't hesitate to bring up any problems you have.

  9. We were advised to never be too aggressive when approaching a potential client.

Recent Examples of approach from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of approach

Middle English approchen, from Anglo-French aprocher, from Late Latin appropiare, from Latin ad- + prope near; akin to Latin pro before — more at for

approach Synonyms

Synonyms
belly up, close, close in, come up, draw on, near, nigh
Antonyms
back (up or away), recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
Related Words
arrive, attain, come, gain, hit, land, make, reach, show up, turn up, waltz up; creep up, sneak up; adjoin, border, touch, verge
Near Antonyms
clear out, depart, exit, go, leave, light out, pull out, quit, remove, run away, shove (off), take off, walk out

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approach

noun

Definition of approach

1 a : an act or instance of approaching
  • The approach of summer
b : approximation
  • In this book he makes his closest approach to greatness.
2 a : the taking of preliminary steps toward a particular purpose
  • experimenting with new lines of approach
b : a particular manner of taking such steps
  • a highly individual approach to language
3 : a means of access : avenue
4 a or approach shot : a golf shot from the fairway toward the green
b : the steps taken by a bowler before delivering the ball; also : the part of the alley behind the foul line from which the bowler delivers the ball
5 : the descent of an aircraft toward a landing place
  • The plane was on final approach.

Examples of approach in a Sentence

  1. trying a more healthy approach

  2. The cat made a cautious approach.

  3. The quiet afternoon was interrupted by the approach of a motorboat.

  4. A loud growl warned us of the bear's approach.

  5. With the approach of summer came longer, hotter days.

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Origin and Etymology of approach


APPROACH Defined for English Language Learners

approach

verb

Definition of approach for English Language Learners

  • : to move or become near or nearer to something or someone

  • : to move or become near or nearer in time to something

  • : to get close to (an amount or level)


approach

noun

Definition of approach for English Language Learners

  • : a way of dealing with something : a way of doing or thinking about something

  • : the act of moving or becoming near or nearer to someone or something : the act of approaching : an act or occurrence in which something comes nearer

  • : the act of speaking to someone for some purpose (such as to ask a question or make a request)


APPROACH Defined for Kids

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approach

verb ap·proach \ ə-ˈprōch \

Definition of approach for Students

approached; approaching
1 : to come near or nearer : draw close
  • This train is approaching the station.
  • The temperature is approaching 90 degrees.
2 : to begin to deal with
  • approach a problem
3 : to start talking to for a specific purpose
  • How can I approach the teacher about having cheated?

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approach

noun

Definition of approach for Students

1 : an act or instance of drawing near
  • the approach of summer
  • The cat made a cautious approach.
2 : a way of doing or thinking about something : a way of dealing with something
3 : a path or road to get to a place

Medical Dictionary

approach

noun ap·proach \ ə-ˈprōch \

medical Definition of approach

: the surgical procedure by which access is gained to a bodily part


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