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 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 .the area behind the foul line, from which the ball is delivered.
- 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
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 ) + Late Latin propiare “come nearer,” comparative of Latin prope “near” (see ). Replaced Old English neahlæcan.
mid-15c., from(v.). Figurative sense of “means of handling a problem, etc.” is first attested 1905.