Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To come near or nearer, as in space or time: Spring approaches.
  • intransitive v. Sports To make an approach, as in golf.
  • transitive v. To come or go near or nearer to: approached the tunnel.
  • transitive v. To come close to, as in appearance, quality, or condition; approximate: The performance approaches perfection.
  • transitive v. To make a proposal or overtures to with a specific end in view: approached the administration for a raise.
  • transitive v. To begin to deal with or work on: approached the task with dread; approached the issue from a historical perspective.
  • n. The act of approaching: the approach of night.
  • n. A fairly close resemblance; an approximation.
  • n. A way or means of reaching something; an access: an approach to the bridge.
  • n. The method used in dealing with or accomplishing: a logical approach to the problem.
  • n. An advance or overture made by one person to another.
  • n. Sports The golf stroke following the drive from the tee with which a player tries to get the ball onto the putting green.
  • n. Sports 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.
  • n. Sports The part of the area behind the foul line in a bowling alley used by a bowler in delivering the ball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
  • v. To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.
  • v. To come near to in place, time, character, or value; to draw nearer to.
  • v. To make an attempt at (solving a problem or making a policy).
  • v. To speak to, as to make a request or ask a question.
  • v. To take approaches to.
  • n. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
  • n. An access, or opportunity of drawing near.
  • n. Movements to gain favor; advances.
  • n. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.
  • n. A manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made.
  • n. The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.
  • n. A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.
  • n. The way an aircraft lands at an airport.
  • n. The area before the lane, in which a player may stand or run up before bowling the ball.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
  • n. A access, or opportunity of drawing near.
  • n. Movements to gain favor; advances.
  • n. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.
  • n. The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.
  • n. See Approaching.
  • n. A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.
  • n. that part of a flight during which an airplane descends toward the landing strip.
  • n. the steps taken by a bowler just before delivering the ball toward the pins.
  • intransitive v. To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
  • intransitive v. To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.
  • transitive v. To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance.
  • transitive v. To come near to in place, time, or character; to draw nearer to
  • transitive v. To take approaches to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To come or go near in place or time; draw near; advance nearer; come into presence.
  • Figuratively, to draw near; approximate; come near in degree: with to: as, he approaches to the character of an able statesman.
  • To bring near; advance: as, he approached his hand to the cup.
  • To come or draw near to: as, to approach the gate.
  • Figuratively, to come near to in quality, character, or condition; nearly equal: as, modern sculpture does not approach that of the Greeks.
  • n. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
  • n. Access; opportunity or liberty of drawing near; nearness: as, “the approach to kings,” Bacon.
  • n. Nearness or close approximation in quality, likeness, or character.
  • n. A passage or avenue by which anything is approached; any means of access or approximation.
  • n. plural In fortification, the works thrown up by besiegers to protect themselves in their advances toward a fortress. Compare boyau.
  • n. In golf, the play by which a player endeavors to get his ball on to the putting-green.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
  • v. begin to deal with
  • v. come near in time
  • v. move towards
  • n. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
  • v. make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion
  • n. the event of one object coming closer to another
  • n. the act of drawing spatially closer to something
  • n. the temporal property of becoming nearer in time
  • n. ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
  • n. a close approximation
  • n. a way of entering or leaving
  • v. come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
  • n. the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing

Etymologies

Middle English approchen, from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin propius, nearer, comparative of prope, near; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English approchen, aprochen, Old French aprochier, Late Latin appropiare, from Latin ad + propiare ("to draw near"), from prope ("near"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Paintings from the National Gallery's collections, including a "Judith With the Head of Holofernes," attributed to Mantegna, and a portrait of a Venetian gentleman on which Giorgione and the young Titian both worked, at once suggest the currency of Tullio's distinctive approach in the early cinquecento and how that ­approach was formed.

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  • Laura Ling's sister, Lisa Ling, told CNN Friday night that she feels the change in approach is significant, and could aid negotiations for the women's freedom.

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  • The guiding principle of a spreading-oil-stain approach is that it allows the counterinsurgent force to concentrate in part of the country and then slowly pacify the rest, using time to substitute for numbers.

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  • Somewhat more creationist in approach is the Nerve-Wracking Ball: a bowling ball on a rope, dangling from a tall tree branch.

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  • My choice of approach should depend upon a knowledge of who you are and where your own interests lie for the difference in approach is one of emphasis only.

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  • This approach is actually a good example of a trend that ought to be disturbing.

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  • With the documentary sources mined to exhaustion, this approach is a new way to try to understand what really happened.

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  • The Kremlin is moving according to a utilitarian, short-term approach, which is tainted by a number of potential risks.

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  • The labels approach the Net with the command and conquer approach - "Sue the hell out of whoever dares to host music online, then cut a deal with them that brings in millions of dollars in penalties and fees" - and a second approach, which is, says the story, "what Total Music is all about".

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  • I would say that's part of a term approach to it, and as you said in the last call, and I know its got about previously.

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