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  1. ap·proach
    IPA[əˈprōCH]
  2. verb

    • 1. come near or nearer to (someone or something) in distance or time:

      the train approached the main line she hadn't heard him approach
      Synonym : proceed toward, come/go toward, advance toward, go near/nearer, come near/nearer, draw near/nearer, come close/closer, go close/closer, draw close/closer, move near/nearer, edge near/nearer, near, draw near, close in on, center on, focus on, converge on, catch up on, gain on, creep up on, loom, reach, arrive at
    • 2. come near or nearer to (a future time or event):

      he was approaching retirement
    • 3. (of a future time) come nearer:

      the time is approaching when you will be destroyed
    • 4. come close to (a number, level, or standard) in quality or quantity:

      the population will approach 12 million by the end of the decade
      Synonym : border on, approximate, verge on, resemble, be comparable/similar to, compare with, touch, nudge, get on for, near, come near to, come/be close to, be not a million miles away from
    • 5. bring nearer:

      all those changes shall serve to approach him the faster to the blest mansion
    • 6. speak to (someone) for the first time about something, typically with a proposal or request:

      the department had been approached about funding
      Synonym : speak to, talk to, make conversation with, engage in conversation, take aside, detain, greet, address, salute, hail, initiate a discussion with, broach the matter to, make advances to, make overtures to, make a proposal to, sound out, proposition, solicit, appeal to, apply to, buttonhole
    • 7. start to deal with (something) in a certain way:

      one must approach the matter with caution
      Synonym : 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, get cracking on

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: approach, plural noun: approaches

    • v.: verb: approach, 3rd person present: approaches, gerund or present participle: approaching, past tense: approached, past participle: approached

    • verb

      come near or nearer to (someone or something) in distance or time:

      come close to (a number, level, or standard) in quality or quantity:

    • noun

      a way of dealing with a situation or problem:

      an initial proposal or request made to someone:

    • noun

      a stroke which sends the ball from the fairway on to or nearer the green.
    • noun

      a stroke which sends the ball from the fairway on to or nearer the green.
    • noun

      the part of an aircraft's flight in which it descends directly towards a runway for landing:
    • noun

      the path taken by an aircraft coming in to land.
    • noun

      a road leading up to a particular place or feature:
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