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.
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.
Militaryapproaches, works for protecting forces in an advance against a fortified position.
SportAlso 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.
the area behind the foul line, from which the ball is delivered.
Late Latin adpropiāre, verb, verbal derivative, with ad-ad-, of Latin propius nearer (comparative of prope near), replacing Latin appropinquāre; (noun, nominal) late Middle English approche, derivative of the verb, verbal
Anglo-French, Old French a(p)rocher
(verb, verbal) Middle English a(p)prochen 1275–1325
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