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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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]
  1. an act or instance of approaching: the approach of a train;
    the approach of winter.
  2. a means of access or of coming to: the major approaches to the city.
  3. the method used or steps taken in setting about a task:the problem needs a different approach.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ap•proach  (ə prōch),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to come near or nearer to:The cars slowed down as they approached the intersection.
  2. to come near to in quality, character, time, or condition;
    to come within range for comparison:As a poet he hardly approaches Keats.
  3. to present, offer, or make a proposal or request to:to approach the president with a suggestion.
  4. to begin work on;
    set about:to approach a problem.
  5. to make advances to;
  6. to bring near to something.

  1. to come nearer;
    draw near:A storm is approaching.
  2. to come near in character, time, amount, etc.;

  1. the act of drawing near:the approach of a train.
  2. nearness or close approximation:a fair approach to accuracy.
  3. any means of access, as a road or ramp:the approaches to a city.
  4. the method used or steps taken in setting about a task, problem, etc.:His approach to any problem was to prepare an outline.
  5. 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.
  6. Sometimes,  approaches. a presentation, offer, or proposal.
  7. Militaryapproaches, works for protecting forces in an advance against a fortified position.
  8. SportAlso called  approach shot. [Golf.]a stroke made after teeing off, by which a player attempts to get the ball onto the putting green.
  9. Sport[Bowling.]
    • 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.
ap•proacher, n. 
ap•proachless, adj. 
  • 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
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged near, close with.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sound out.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged withdraw.

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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