Definition of approach in English:

approach

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Come near or nearer to (someone or something) in distance or time.

    ‘the train approached the main line’
    no object ‘winter was approaching’
    ‘an approaching car’
    • ‘A patrol car nearby approached the bank and officers acting on the tip-off arrested the men outside the bank and quizzed them before they were released.’
    • ‘I've been taking to napping on the subway, and somehow have been honing this sixth sense about when the train is approaching my stop.’
    • ‘As the car approached a garage it came almost to a stop.’
    • ‘In the distance could be heard approaching sirens.’
    • ‘My eyes were filled with wonder as I approached the tents and cars strewn about amongst the trees.’
    • ‘The train approaching platform two is also not going to Parsons Green but to Ealing Broadway.’
    • ‘Grabbing my camera and tripod from the car, I approached the nest.’
    • ‘It is not until the car approaches the outskirts of Reykjavik that I realise I am still on the map.’
    • ‘I heard approaching footsteps and reached for the handle on the crawl space door, and tried to pull it closed.’
    • ‘Strange noises had echoed about ahead of him, sounds clearly defined, yet dim and distant as those he heard while approaching a bustling town from a distance.’
    • ‘On another table sits a projector showing slides of a car approaching a picnic site near Montpelier on the French A9 autoroute.’
    • ‘The train approaches platform three, and I have an opportunity to hastily grab a photo before it stops.’
    • ‘You can imagine my surprise to hear a loud train whistle as I approached the track.’
    • ‘There were two people in the car when the officers approached it.’
    • ‘I yelled, all of a sudden feeling frantic as I heard the train approaching the platform above me.’
    • ‘Both cars then approached a bend when the crash occurred.’
    • ‘He could see, very faintly, a legion of soldiers in the distance, also approaching the forest.’
    • ‘She has been trained to approach the table only at the exact moment when everyone's mouth is full.’
    • ‘A figure ran to me in a distance and as he approached waves of past forgotten dreams returned to me.’
    • ‘Devin gets out of his car and approaches the front door, when suddenly he hears a blood-curdling scream.’
    proceed towards, come towards, go towards, advance towards, go near, go nearer, come near, come nearer, draw near, draw nearer, come close, come closer, go close, go closer, draw close, draw closer, move near, move nearer, edge near, edge nearer, near
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    1. 1.1 Come close to (a number, level, or standard) in quality or quantity.
      ‘the population will approach 12 million by the end of the decade’
      • ‘The resultant plot does seem to show that the population is now approaching an asymptote (and has done so twice before).’
      • ‘No other country in the world approaches that level of spending as a fraction of national income, no matter how its medical care is organized.’
      • ‘As the voltage approaches the higher level, sulfur atoms at one end of the molecule loosen their chemical bonds with the wire, and the current drops off as the switchover occurs.’
      • ‘In Pisces, collective thinking approaches the most mystical level possible.’
      • ‘Thus, the number of proteins is approaching a meaningful level to cover a diverse set of potential therapeutic and toxicity targets.’
      • ‘Their worldwide record sales are approaching the 100 million marker very fast.’
      • ‘The characterization of round pins as a late feature approaches a marginal level of significance.’
      • ‘Last April I wrote a column that suggested it was unwise to try to load the .45 Colt to levels approaching the .44 Magnum.’
      • ‘Three other marker pairs showed deviations approaching the 0.01 level.’
      • ‘In May of 2nd grade, her total standardized test results approached the 90th percentile!’
      • ‘The Mitta Mitta rose to the occasion with a river level of 1.7m, approaching the 2m cut-off mark when nobody is permitted to kayak or raft the river.’
      • ‘The strength of the evidence for selenium and prostate cancer approaches the highest level, but even so, questions remain about the wisdom of making recommendations.’
      • ‘The ascent should then begin at whichever of two conditions arises first: the planned bottom time is reached, or cylinder pressure approaches the critical level.’
      • ‘In fact, in the third quarter, margins appear to have approached levels not seen since the peak of the earnings boom in 1997.’
      • ‘Sales and gross margins at the Hopkinton (Mass.) company are approaching their boom-time levels.’
      • ‘The organization reports private label cheeses have been forced to raise their prices as well, often to levels approaching those of branded products.’
      • ‘Today I read the article about the world population approaching six billion.’
      • ‘It also will be impossible for the two teams to approach the Bucs' level of effectiveness.’
      • ‘This will result in a total immune population of 92%, which is approaching the level needed to prevent epidemics.’
      • ‘Second generation bean leaf beetles are emerging now and beetles numbers will be approaching their highest levels for the summer.’
      border on, approximate, verge on, resemble
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    2. 1.2archaic Bring nearer.
      ‘all those changes shall serve to approach him the faster to the blest mansion’
  • 2Speak to (someone) for the first time about a proposal or request.

    ‘the department had been approached about funding’
    • ‘That is why he was not approached to give his opinion, as he, strictly speaking, is not a resident or property owner on Grave Lane.’
    • ‘Three years ago, I approached her with a proposal.’
    • ‘In the course of doing so I also approached the people of York for their views on the proposed scheme.’
    • ‘Above all else, compliment each person for approaching you with the request to work.’
    • ‘He approached me with the proposal first, and I accepted, naturally.’
    • ‘I approached some influential people with the proposal of this organisation.’
    • ‘Just in case anyone I work with is reading this, see if you can guess which current highly respected staff member approached me with this request.’
    • ‘Hardly had he indicated his desire, when a few parties approached him requesting that he hold a party convention in Kerala in late September.’
    • ‘Pleased to be called up, she approached a senior officer to sign her release papers only to be told that she would be given two weeks' unpaid notice and her job would not be held once she returned to England.’
    • ‘Has Hollywood approached you yet with requests to film any of your books?’
    • ‘A moment later, another boy approached him with the same request.’
    • ‘Within South Africa short-listed artists were approached to submit proposals for work that would address the themes of the exhibition.’
    • ‘Then we approached her with a business proposal that had her thinking about more than the exam.’
    • ‘So please if you are approached to help, try to give a little of your time.’
    • ‘In addition, claims that the whole South African team were approached with a proposal to throw a match during its tour to India in 1996 will also be investigated.’
    • ‘Mass congregations were recently approached with a request to support the launch of a fund to finance a major building programme that will be undertaken in the Parish.’
    • ‘If you'd ever approached me with that request I'd have declined and handed you back your tip.’
    • ‘The complex of persecution becomes more relevant once he approaches the audience and requests them to divulge their Jewish names; their real names.’
    • ‘The 35-year-old was walking along the footpath near Rydal Road when he was approached and spoken to by two men at around 4am.’
    • ‘Yet I was again approached with a request for samples when I was in the mortuary saying my last goodbyes.’
    speak to, talk to, make conversation with, engage in conversation
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  • 3Start to deal with (a situation or problem) in a certain way.

    ‘one must approach the matter with caution’
    • ‘There must be other ways to approach this problem than to lock the gate.’
    • ‘This question may be approached by considering situations of the following kind.’
    • ‘Used the right way, it prompts you to approach a troublesome situation differently.’
    • ‘We cannot have a situation in which 43 different police forces approach the same problem in 43 different ways.’
    • ‘Even with its inspired subject matter and casting, the movie seems to elude any sort of interesting way of approaching the eponymous subject matter.’
    • ‘One of your arguments is that a relevant matter in approaching our constitutional problem is that the respondent is resident in South Australia.’
    • ‘Drainage is a clear example of an issue that must ultimately be approached regionally.’
    • ‘Therefore, as it seems to me, I must approach this on the basis that reasons are required to be given as of right.’
    • ‘Had I asked a different engineer to the design the same linkage, that engineer might have approached the problem differently.’
    • ‘This helps the children approach a highly emotional situation in a more objective manner.’
    • ‘Furthermore, I am not persuaded that the issue of relevance must be approached differently with a different result because the context differs.’
    • ‘This issue must be approached from a policy perspective.’
    • ‘Therefore, software installation must be approached with care, and with an eye toward the ultimate goal of the cluster's end users.’
    • ‘Each new site, each budget, must be approached as a new problem, even while preserving the basic typology of the courtyard.’
    • ‘He added that some flexibility must be introduced when approaching this important and sensitive economic and political issue.’
    • ‘Once findings have been made, everybody must thereafter approach the case on the basis of the facts as judicially found.’
    • ‘In order not to be consumed by it, I have to approach difficult problems with a healthy detachment.’
    • ‘This work of transformation which I have come to think of as culture work must be approached carefully but with great conviction and effort.’
    • ‘The idea that all workers must work until they drop from exhaustion is to approach the problem from the wrong end.’
    • ‘The same ‘subject matter’ is approached here from several different perspectives.’
    set about, tackle, begin, start, commence, embark on, make a start on, address oneself to, undertake, get down to, launch into, go about, get to grips with
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noun

  • 1A way of dealing with a situation or problem.

    ‘we need a whole new approach to the job’
    • ‘However, the horoscope does cause me to think about my approach to the situation.’
    • ‘He also said that they would be taking a positive approach to the situation.’
    • ‘This top down perspective and methodology is the one-two-three approach to design.’
    • ‘An alternate solution is to adopt a holistic philosophy and approach to any nursing situation.’
    • ‘Which means making sure I'm near the front of the line on opening day and a systematic approach to acquisition.’
    • ‘Load management is a systematic approach to control the operation of electrical equipment.’
    • ‘It requires a generous approach to the situations in which privacy is to be protected.’
    • ‘I am flexible and open in my thinking and in my approach to different situations and I am comfortable with ambiguity.’
    • ‘You are diplomatic and cautious in your approach to sticky situations.’
    • ‘The design and methods are a reasonable approach to study the association between modifiable risk factors and injury from car crashes.’
    • ‘This is why a multilayered approach to cyber system defenses is necessary.’
    • ‘Be human in your approach to this delicate situation and the employee will be that much more willing to listen to you.’
    • ‘By questioning the validity of the scientific method, the new approach to science education opens up a can of worms.’
    • ‘This is a situation which bespeaks an amateurish approach to football administration.’
    • ‘It is a fact that a strategic approach to tourism can only succeed if the product infrastructure is in place.’
    • ‘That, I have to say, is a fundamentally stupid approach to the situation.’
    • ‘A major plus would be his measured approach to situations, giving due weight to consequences.’
    • ‘It equates belief systems with what informs your approach to a situation, and evaluates the system by the results.’
    • ‘Restoring the heart with the help of a plastic shaper is a new approach to a procedure that has been around for more than 20 years.’
    • ‘He said instead, deciding that wouldn't be the best approach to getting his way.’
    attitude, slant, perspective, point of view, viewpoint, outlook, line of attack, line of action
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  • 2An initial proposal or request made to someone.

    ‘the landowner made an approach to the developer’
    • ‘He took the company private because he was fending off an approach from his finance director.’
    • ‘We had what was an approach from her ex-husband, who was inquiring about the mother of the child.’
    • ‘Industry sources say it is expecting a formal approach from the German company soon.’
    • ‘We met an uncooperative approach from the claimant's solicitors which put us to expense in itself.’
    • ‘The company is braced for an approach from its German rival with a plan that will see them merge their core operations.’
    • ‘It has also received an approach from the financier, who is understood to have offered more.’
    • ‘After an approach from the north Dubliner, he issued three of his records in 1996.’
    • ‘He says that there has been no approach from he Dublin developer about the company.’
    • ‘Fortunately the semester ended before I received an approach from You Know Who.’
    • ‘It has already indicated that it has received an approach from a mystery bidder now known to be a private equity group.’
    • ‘They finished in positive territory despite rejecting a merger approach from another bank.’
    • ‘For instance, we also received an approach from these people.’
    • ‘Sources there say they now expect an approach from the German company within a month.’
    • ‘Businesses should ignore any approach from this firm, and any similar offers.’
    • ‘The Stamford Bridge club have admitted there has been an approach from Celtic to take him on loan.’
    • ‘He turned down an approach from one man who claimed hearing loss after going to a gig because of the lack of legal precedent for such an action.’
    • ‘It shouldn't be a confrontational approach but a polite request that something is not right.’
    • ‘He was due to have pre-season trials with Essex before deciding to accept the approach from Yorkshire.’
    • ‘She said a survey had been carried out in Tosside following an approach from a planning agent on behalf of a local landowner.’
    • ‘He didn't seem as friendly for the rest of the evening as his initial approach had suggested, and I walked home thoughtfully.’
    proposal, proposition, submission, motion, offer, application, appeal, plea
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    1. 2.1approachesdated Behaviour intended to propose personal or sexual relations with someone.
      ‘feminine resistance to his approaches’
      • ‘When she rejected his approaches, he began to treat her meanly and find fault with her.’
      • ‘But she knew why he would never because she would never accept his approaches.’
      • ‘She told a District Court inquiry this week that she had taped telephone conversations with him in 2000 and 2001 because she feared he would kill her after she rejected his approaches.’
      advances, overtures, suggestions, attentions
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  • 3in singular The action of coming near or nearer to someone or something in distance or time.

    ‘the approach of winter’
    • ‘Autumn is a season for spectacle, made all the more gaudy by the imminent approach of winter.’
    • ‘He estimated the distance, and after a slow and careful approach, they began to rise.’
    • ‘With the approach of Advent, we begin to prepare for the new covenant as issued in the birth of Jesus.’
    • ‘The span of the Pacific Ocean, covered in fog, hints at the approach of winter.’
    • ‘As an ethnic Pashtun living in a village near Herat, he fled the approach of the Tajik and Hazara forces which captured the city.’
    • ‘It heralds both the approach of the harvest and the end of winter.’
    • ‘At the approach of the kidnapper's vessel, a door near the bottom slid open.’
    • ‘The approach of the Himalayan winter is making a desperate situation even more urgent.’
    • ‘The sight of ripe, golden yuzu suggests to the Japanese mind the approach of winter.’
    • ‘She looked up at the sky and began counting the faint stars that were fast appearing with the approach of night.’
    • ‘Predictions about who will win the competition are rife, given the approach of the final episode.’
    • ‘It seems that the trees and sand traps keep getting in his way on his approach to the greens.’
    • ‘Ethnographers say that Baba Marta is the threshold between the end of the winter season and the approach of summer.’
    • ‘Lovely picture, though I don't care for the approach of winter that the orangey browns promise, I do love these colours.’
    advance, coming near, coming nearer, coming, nearing, advent
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    1. 3.1approach to An approximation to something.
      ‘the past is impossible to recall with any approach to accuracy’
      approximation, likeness, semblance, correspondence, parallel
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    2. 3.2 The part of an aircraft's flight in which it descends gradually towards an airfield or runway for landing.
      ‘the aircraft completed the approach and touched down’
      ‘I used to trim the plane back to about 50 mph for the final approach’
      • ‘He set up for a half-flap approach and lowered the landing gear with the emergency system.’
      • ‘The Gary airport was small and grassy so I made a nice easy approach and landing.’
      • ‘In this case, the best plan is to have a very shallow approach and a slow descent rate.’
      • ‘Keep the ball in the middle in all phases of the approach to align the aircraft for maximum efficiency.’
      • ‘Landing with one failed engine is very unforgiving; you have to get it right on the first approach.’
      • ‘The second approach was a little fast and one wing high but we got on the runway.’
      • ‘Transition from flying Cessnas to Pipers and see how much more aware it makes you of all aspects of the approach.’
      • ‘A downhill runway may cause you to fly a too-high approach, and an overshoot would be likely.’
      • ‘That, combined with the landing weight, explained the high approach and landing speed.’
      • ‘The approach and landing were uneventful and the crew and aircraft were recovered safely.’
      • ‘You could even fly the entire approach at 70 knots if there was no need to expedite for other traffic.’
      • ‘The airplane was observed on a three-mile final approach when it entered a left bank.’
      • ‘The crew had time to concentrate on the approach as we descended through the clouds.’
      • ‘I thought you were tossed around like a rag doll on final landing approach because you were flying too slow.’
    3. 3.3usually approaches A road, sea passage, or other way leading to a place.
      ‘the northern approaches to London’
      • ‘The first part of a plan to upgrade a number of locations in Clogh Village has been the provision of rumble strips and school warning signs on the approaches to the village and the National School.’
      • ‘In the jungle, fighting patrols are guarding the surrounding villages and watching the approaches to the capital to monitor the activity of the rebels.’
      • ‘There the King learned that a formidable French fleet lay at anchor in the mouth of the Zwyn, guarding the approaches to Bruges.’
      • ‘It isn't so long since we were carrying stories and readers' letters complaining about the state of the railway embankments on the approaches to Bradford.’
      • ‘The minehunters had been in the area clearing unexploded weapons, including mines, from the approaches to the port.’
      • ‘It gave a commanding view over the approaches to the farm, and there wasn't a single watchman; there were two of them, each marching half the walkway's circuit.’
      • ‘Using canoes they penetrated the enemy's shipping lines in the approaches to Singapore and placed limpet mines destroying three vessels.’
      • ‘Aircraft patrolled the approaches to ports looking for German and Japanese submarines.’
      • ‘He also suggested larger warning signs, the cross hatching of the left hand lane and better lighting on the approaches to major junctions.’
      • ‘But there are limits to the number of new or wider roads that can be constructed, and the approaches to towns and cities are already becoming a concrete jungle.’
      • ‘This in turn would allow major improvements in the capacity of the route and would also provide time savings for long distance services on the approaches to Dublin.’
      • ‘Those corridors provided natural approaches to the Ledo Road.’
      • ‘If we wish to brighten up one of the busiest approaches to the city, why stop at Oak Lane?’
      • ‘A long string of cars behind his vehicle testified to the jammed approaches to the major artery out of Downtown.’
      • ‘By our English law there is a public right of passage through our navigable channels, whether in a port or the approaches to it.’
      • ‘Adare port need not have existed at all if the approaches to Limerick docks were better.’
      • ‘The war caused the temporary suspension of this plan; nevertheless, a sum of £6,600 was spent on concreting the quay roads and approaches to the berths.’
      • ‘Three new pedestrian islands will be built and an anti-skid coating applied in Brunshaw Road on the approaches to the roundabout.’
      • ‘That brings traffic problems as drivers jostle for spaces or park thoughtlessly blocking entrances, bus stops and the approaches to pedestrian crossings.’
      • ‘The 30 mph limit should stay except in the approaches to schools, hospitals, old folks homes etc. where the limit should be 15 mph and strictly enforced.’
      driveway, drive, access road, road, avenue, street, passageway
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French aprochier, aprocher, from ecclesiastical Latin appropiare ‘draw near’, from ad- ‘to’ + propius (comparative of prope ‘near’).

Pronunciation

approach

/əˈprəʊtʃ/