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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ap•proach /əˈproʊtʃ/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to come nearer (to): [~ + object]The plane approached the runway.[no object]We watched as the plane approached.
- [~ + object] to come within range for comparison: As a poet he can't approach Keats.
- [~ + object] to make contact with, usually in order to start negotiations with: We approached the company with an offer.
- [~ + object] to begin work on; set about: to approach the problem from a new angle.
- 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.
(ə prōch′), v.t.
- 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;
- 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, [Mil.]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.
1 . near, close with. 3 . sound out.
6 . withdraw.
- 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
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
approach /əˈprəʊtʃ/ vb
- to come nearer in position, time, quality, character, etc, to (someone or something)
- (transitive) to make advances to, as with a proposal, suggestion, etc
- (transitive) to begin to deal with
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiāre to draw near, from Latin prope 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
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