Definitions for: Approach

[n] the act of drawing spatially closer to something; "the hunter's approach scattered the geese"
[n] a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green; "he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green"
[n] ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation; "his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons"; "an attack on inflation"; "his plan of attack was misguided"
[n] a way of entering or leaving; "he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"
[n] a close approximation; "the nearest approach to genius"
[n] the temporal property of becoming nearer in time; "the approach of winter"
[n] a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"
[n] the event of one object coming closer to another
[n] the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
[v] make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion; "I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"
[v] metaphorically, as in time; "Winter is approaching"; "approaching old age"
[v] move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
[v] begin to deal with; "approach a task"; "go about a difficult problem"; "appraoch a new project"
[v] come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character; "This borders on discrimination!"; "His playing approaches tht of Horowitz"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ap*proach", 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.

Ap*proach", 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.

Ap*proach", n. [Cf. F. approche. See Approach, v.
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.

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.

Ap*proach", n. (Golf)
A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting
green. It is made with an iron club.

Synonyms: access, advance, approach path, approach shot, approaching, approaching, approaching, attack, border on, come near, coming, coming, feeler, glide path, glide slope, go about, overture, plan of attack, set about

See Also: access, accost, act, address, advance, air lane, airway, approach pattern, approximate, avenue, bear down on, bear down upon, chip, chip shot, close, closing, closure, come, come close, come up, come up to, conceptualisation, conceptualization, confront, converge, crowd, drive up, edge in, edge up, entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway, face, face up, flight path, formulation, get on, go on, golf shot, golf stroke, landing approach, march on, motion, motion, move, move, move on, movement, movement, pass on, pattern, pitch, pitch shot, proffer, progress, proposition, push, run-up, similarity, suggestion, swing, timing, traffic pattern, way

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