Approach definition

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To come close to, as in appearance, quality, or condition; approximate.

The performance approaches perfection.

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To come near or nearer to.
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To come closer or draw nearer.
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Approach is defined as the way you handle something.

If you like to face problems head-on to deal with them, that is an example of a direct approach to problems.

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A coming closer or drawing nearer.
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An advance or overture (to someone)
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An approximation or similarity.
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The definition of approach refers to the process of going towards something.

A lion that slowly nears its prey is an example of a slow approach.

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To make advances, a proposal, or a request to.
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To begin dealing with.

To approach a task.

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A path, road, or other means of reaching a person or place; access.
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A means of attaining a goal or purpose.

Let's take a new approach to the problem.

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(golf) A shot from the fairway, meant to hit the ball onto the putting green.
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The golf stroke following the drive from the tee with which a player tries to get the ball onto the putting green.
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The steps taken prior to executing a competitive maneuver, as by a diver before diving forward from a springboard or by a bowler before delivering the ball.
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(intransitive) To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
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To bring near; to cause to draw near.

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The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
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An access, or opportunity of drawing near.
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(used only with the plural approaches) Movements to gain favor; advances.
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A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.
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(bowling) The area before the lane, in which a player may stand or run up before bowling the ball.
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(aeron.) The act of bringing an aircraft into position for landing, bombing a target, etc.
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The part of the area behind the foul line in a bowling alley used by a bowler in delivering the ball.
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(intransitive, figuratively) To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.

As he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.

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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.

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To make an attempt at (solving a problem or making a policy).
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To speak to, as to make a request or ask a question.
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(military) To take approaches to.
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A manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made.
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(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.
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(golf) A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.
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The way an aircraft lands at an airport.
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The method used in dealing with or accomplishing.

A logical approach to the problem.

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To come or go near or nearer to.

Approached the tunnel.

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To make a proposal or overtures to with a specific end in view.

Approached the administration for a raise.

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To be like or similar to; approximate.
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Approach means to move close to something.

When you see an intersection coming up and you drive closer and closer to it, that is an example of approach.

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An advance or overture made by one person to another.
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To begin to deal with or work on.

Approached the task with dread; approached the issue from a historical perspective.

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The act of approaching.

The approach of night.

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A fairly close resemblance; an approximation.
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A way or means of reaching something; an access.

An approach to the bridge.

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To come near or nearer, as in space or time.

Spring approaches.

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(sports) To make an approach, as in golf.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
approach
Plural:
approaches

Origin of approach

  • Middle English approchen from Old French aprochier from Late Latin appropiāre Latin ad- ad- Latin propius nearer comparative of prope near per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary