approach

verb
ap·​proach | \ ə-ˈprōch How to pronounce approach (audio) \
approached; approaching; approaches

Definition of approach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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

approach

noun
plural approaches

Definition of approach (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act or instance of approaching the approach of summer
b : approximation In this book he makes his closest approach to greatness.
2a : 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
4a 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.
6 : the surgical procedure or path by which access is gained to a bodily part A lateral approach was used to direct a 25-gauge, 10-cm spinal needle onto the articular pillar adjacent to the target joint.— Leslie Barnsley et al.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for approach

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of approach in a Sentence

Verb The cat approached the baby cautiously. Ease off the gas pedal to slow down as the bend in the road approaches. We are approaching the end of the fiscal year. This weekend we're expecting temperatures approaching 100 degrees. The success rates approach 90 percent. He has a wild laugh that sometimes approaches hysteria. a reproduction that approaches the quality of the original painting The supervisor is quite easy to approach, so don't hesitate to bring up any problems you have. We were advised to never be too aggressive when approaching a potential client. Noun trying a more healthy approach The cat made a cautious approach. The quiet afternoon was interrupted by the approach of a motorboat. A loud growl warned us of the bear's approach. With the approach of summer came longer, hotter days.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Despite rising numbers of cases of the coronavirus nationwide, travelers are increasingly turning to air travel as the holidays approach. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "TSA screened 2 million passengers over the weekend, a record since the pandemic began," 21 Dec. 2020 But health experts say that could change fast if working-age adults who are propelling the wave of new cases begin to gather with older family members as the holidays approach. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Nursing homes, contagious Clauses, toy drive boost: News from around our 50 states," 18 Dec. 2020 As the winter holidays approach, food and beverages are in the spotlight, especially in a year when the focus has shifted to smaller, more economical gatherings. Carol Flynn, chicagotribune.com, "Trailblazing Beverly editor Ruth Ellen Church helped America start celebrating holidays with wine," 17 Dec. 2020 As the holidays approach, Lola begins her first jury trial during the pandemic. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Neighborhood’; COVID-19 vaccine," 13 Dec. 2020 The extraordinary spread in Trump's orbit underscores the cavalier approach the Republican president has taken to a virus that has now killed more than 282,000 people in the U.S. alone. Arkansas Online, "Trump lawyer Giuliani in hospital after positive virus test," 7 Dec. 2020 The extraordinary spread in Trump’s orbit underscores the cavalier approach the Republican president has taken to a virus that has now killed more than 282,000 people in the U.S. alone. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus," 7 Dec. 2020 The extraordinary spread in Trump’s orbit underscores the cavalier approach the president has taken to a virus that has now killed more than 280,000 people in the U.S. alone. Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani tests positive for COVID," 6 Dec. 2020 The extraordinary spread in Trump's orbit underscores the cavalier approach the president has taken to a virus that has now killed more than 280,000 people in the U.S. alone. Aamer Madhani, Star Tribune, "Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani tests positive for COVID," 6 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each state has its own approach, and few have prioritized workplaces, even though vulnerable populations are overrepresented among essential workers. Michael Carney, STAT, "Make it easier for employers to help get America vaccinated," 14 Apr. 2021 Denmark's decision marks one of the toughest stances taken by a European Union nation in its approach to curtail its migration policies. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Denmark to revoke Syrian refugees' residence permits in toughest crackdown in Europe," 13 Apr. 2021 Earlier this month, Teigen spoke about her children's personalities and her approach to parenting in her People cover story. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Shared the Cutest Photo of Luna and Miles on Vacation," 13 Apr. 2021 The former Enquirer Player of the Year at Moeller averaged 11.7 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game, quickly becoming a fan favorite thanks to his high-energy approach to the game. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "UC sets up fundraiser for former Mt. Healthy, NKU star Darren Davenport's funeral expenses," 13 Apr. 2021 In college, he was exposed to many art techniques, resulting in his broad approach to projects. Carol Flynn, chicagotribune.com, "A Chicago artist whose work has been shown in White House, Vatican, has spent part of pandemic creating free coloring sheets to do while sheltering at home," 12 Apr. 2021 Rakim's lyricism and his approach to music as a whole set him apart from most and would solidify his place among other divine rappers. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "'The God MC' Rakim reflects on Southern hip-hop and the road ahead," 12 Apr. 2021 One day, the leadership team shifted their approach. Jenn Lofgren, Forbes, "Accountability And The Roles We All Play," 12 Apr. 2021 Värde said its investment approach had also helped boost homes sales in the community. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Larry H. Miller’s real estate arm makes big move, buys booming Daybreak in South Jordan," 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of approach

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for approach

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of approach was in the 13th century

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15 Apr 2021

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“Approach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/approach. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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approach

verb

English Language Learners Definition of approach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of approach (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
ap·​proach | \ ə-ˈprōch How to pronounce approach (audio) \
approached; approaching

Kids Definition of approach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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?

approach

noun

Kids Definition of approach (Entry 2 of 2)

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

approach

noun
ap·​proach | \ ə-ˈprōch How to pronounce approach (audio) \

Medical Definition of approach

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

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