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verb (used with object)
to come near or nearer to: The cars slowed down as they approached the intersection.
to come near to in quality, character, time, or condition; to come within range for comparison: As a poet he hardly approaches Keats.
to present, offer, or make a proposal or request to: to approach the president with a suggestion.
to begin work on; set about: to approach a problem.
to make advances to; address.
to bring near to something.
verb (used without object)
to come nearer; draw near: A storm is approaching.
to come near in character, time, amount, etc.; approximate.
the act of drawing near: the approach of a train.
nearness or close approximation: a fair approach to accuracy.
any means of access, as a road or ramp: the approaches to a city.
the method used or steps taken in setting about a task, problem, etc.: His approach to any problem was to prepare an outline.
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.
Sometimes, approaches. a presentation, offer, or proposal.
approaches, Military. works for protecting forces in an advance against a fortified position.
Also called approach shot. Golf. a stroke made after teeing off, by which a player attempts to get the ball onto the putting green.
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.

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English a(p)prochen < Anglo-French, Old French a(p)rocher < Late Latin adpropiāre, verbal derivative, with ad- ad-, of Latin propius nearer (comparative of prope near), replacing Latin appropinquāre; (noun) late Middle English approche, derivative of the v.

approacher, noun
approachless, adjective
reapproach, verb
unapproached, adjective
unapproaching, adjective
well-approached, adjective

1. near, close with. 3. sound out.

6. withdraw. Unabridged
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approach (əˈprəʊtʃ)
1.  to come nearer in position, time, quality, character, etc, to (someone or something)
2.  (tr) to make advances to, as with a proposal, suggestion, etc
3.  (tr) to begin to deal with: to approach a problem
4.  rare (tr) to cause to come near
5.  the act of coming towards or drawing close or closer
6.  a close approximation
7.  the way or means of entering or leaving; access
8.  (often plural) an advance or overture to a person
9.  a means adopted in tackling a problem, job of work, etc
10.  Also called: approach path the course followed by an aircraft preparing for landing
[C14: from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiāre to draw near, from Latin prope near]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. approcher, from O.Fr. aprochier, from L.L. appropiare "go nearer to," from L. ad- "to" + L.L. propiare "come nearer," comparative of L. prope "near." Replaced O.E. neahlæcan. The noun is late 15c., from the verb. Figurative sense of "means of handling a problem, etc." is
first attested 1905.
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