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Meaning of approach by Wiktionary Dictionary

approach


    Etymology

    From Middle English approchen, aprochen, Old French aprochier, Late Latin appropiare, from Latin ad + propiare ( “to draw near” ), from prope ( “near” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /əˈprəʊtʃ/, X-SAMPA: /@"pr@UtS/
    • Rhymes: -əʊtʃ

    Verb

    approach ( third-person singular simple present approaches present participle approaching, simple past and past participle approached )

    1. ( intransitive ) To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
    2. ( intransitive, figuratively ) To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate .
      as he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman .
    3. ( transitive ) To come near to in place, time, character, or value; to draw nearer to .
      He was an admirable poet, and thought even to have approached Homer. -- Sir William Temple .
      "Would counsel please approach the bench?" asked the judge .
      to approach the city
      He approached the age of manhood .
      Don't approach that house .
    4. To make an attempt at ( solving a problem or making a policy ).
    5. To speak to, as to make a request or ask a question.
    6. ( transitive, military ) To take approaches to .

    Noun

    approach ( plural: approaches )

    1. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
    2. An access, or opportunity of drawing near.
    3. ( used only with the plural: approaches ) Movements to gain favor; advances .
    4. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.
    5. A manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made.
    6. ( used only in the plural:, fortification ) The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post .
    7. ( golf ) A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club .
    8. The way an aircraft lands at an airport.
    9. ( bowling ) The area before the lane, in which a player may stand or run up before bowling the ball .

    See also

    • approach in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


Explanation of approach by Wordnet Dictionary

approach


    Verb
    1. make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion

    2. I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters
    3. come near in time

    4. Winter is approaching
      approaching old age
    5. move towards

    6. We were approaching our destination
    7. begin to deal with

    8. approach a task
      approach a new project
    9. come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character

    10. His playing approaches that of Horowitz
    Noun
    1. the act of drawing spatially closer to something

    2. the hunter's approach scattered the geese
    3. a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green

    4. he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green
    5. ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation

    6. his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons
    7. a way of entering or leaving

    8. a close approximation

    9. the nearest approach to genius
    10. the temporal property of becoming nearer in time

    11. the approach of winter
    12. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

    13. the event of one object coming closer to another

    14. the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing



    Definition of approach by GCIDE Dictionary

    approach


    1. Approach, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Approached; p. pr. & vb. n. Approaching.] [OE. approchen, aprochen, OF. approcher, LL. appropriare, fr. L. ad + propiare to draw near, prope near.]
      1. To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.

      Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city? 2 Sam. xi. 20.

      But exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Heb. x. 25.

      2. To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, “he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman”.

    2. Approach, v. t.
      1. To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance. [Archaic] Boyle.

      2. To come near to in place, time, or character; to draw nearer to; as, “to approach the city; to approach my cabin; he approached the age of manhood.”

      He was an admirable poet, and thought even to have approached Homer. Temple.

      3. ( Mil. ) To take approaches to.

    3. Approach, n. [Cf. F. approche. See Approach, v. i.]
      1. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near. “The approach of summer.” Horsley.

      A nearer approach to the human type. Owen.

      2. A access, or opportunity of drawing near.

      The approach to kings and principal persons. Bacon.

      3. pl. Movements to gain favor; advances.

      4. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access. Macaulay.

      5. pl. ( Fort. ) The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.

      6. ( Hort. ) See Approaching.

      7. ( Golf ) A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.

      8. ( Aviation ) that part of a flight during which an airplane descends toward the landing strip.

      9. ( Bowling ) the steps taken by a bowler just before delivering the ball toward the pins.