WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
ap•proach /əˈproʊtʃ/USA pronunciation
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.
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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