WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ap•proach /əˈproʊtʃ/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. to come nearer (to): [~ + object]The plane approached the runway.[no object]We watched as the plane approached.
  2. [~ + object] to come within range for comparison: As a poet he can't approach Keats.
  3. [~ + object] to make contact with, usually in order to start negotiations with: We approached the company with an offer.
  4. [~ + object] to begin work on; set about: to approach the problem from a new angle.

n. [countable]
  • an act or instance of approaching: the approach of a train;
    the approach of winter.
  • a means of access or of coming to: the major approaches to the city.
  • the method used or steps taken in setting about a task:the problem needs a different approach.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    approach /əˈprəʊtʃ/ vb
    1. to come nearer in position, time, quality, character, etc, to (someone or something)
    2. (transitive) to make advances to, as with a proposal, suggestion, etc
    3. (transitive) to begin to deal with
    1. the act of coming towards or drawing close or closer
    2. a close approximation
    3. the way or means of entering or leaving; access
    4. (often plural) an advance or overture to a person
    5. a means adopted in tackling a problem, job of work, etc

    6. Also called: approach path the course followed by an aircraft preparing for landing
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiāre to draw near, from Latin prope near

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