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ap·proach

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

[Middle English approchen, from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin propius, nearer, comparative of prope, near; see per in Indo-European roots.]

approach

(əˈprəʊtʃ)
vb
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. (tr) rare to cause to come near
n
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. (Aeronautics) 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]

ap•proach

(əˈproʊtʃ)

v.t.
1. to come nearer to: The car approached the curb.
2. to come within range for comparison: As a poet he can't approach Keats.
3. to make contact with: approached the company with an offer.
4. to begin work on; set about: to approach a problem.
v.i.
5. to come nearer: A storm approaches.
n.
6. an act or instance of approaching.
7. close approximation; nearness: a fair approach to accuracy.
8. a means of access: the approaches to a city.
9. the method used or steps taken in setting about a task.
10. the course to be followed by an aircraft in making a landing.
[1275–1325; < Anglo-French, Old French a(p)rocher < Late Latin adpropiāre= ad- + propius nearer]
ap•proach′er, n.
ap•proach′less, adj.

approach

If you approach something, you get nearer to it.

He approached the front door.
...Nancy heard footsteps approaching the galley.

Be Careful!
Approach is not followed by 'to'. You do not say, for example, 'He approached to the front door'.

approach


Past participle: approached
Gerund: approaching

Imperative
approach
approach
Present
I approach
you approach
he/she/it approaches
we approach
you approach
they approach
Preterite
I approached
you approached
he/she/it approached
we approached
you approached
they approached
Present Continuous
I am approaching
you are approaching
he/she/it is approaching
we are approaching
you are approaching
they are approaching
Present Perfect
I have approached
you have approached
he/she/it has approached
we have approached
you have approached
they have approached
Past Continuous
I was approaching
you were approaching
he/she/it was approaching
we were approaching
you were approaching
they were approaching
Past Perfect
I had approached
you had approached
he/she/it had approached
we had approached
you had approached
they had approached
Future
I will approach
you will approach
he/she/it will approach
we will approach
you will approach
they will approach
Future Perfect
I will have approached
you will have approached
he/she/it will have approached
we will have approached
you will have approached
they will have approached
Future Continuous
I will be approaching
you will be approaching
he/she/it will be approaching
we will be approaching
you will be approaching
they will be approaching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been approaching
you have been approaching
he/she/it has been approaching
we have been approaching
you have been approaching
they have been approaching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been approaching
you will have been approaching
he/she/it will have been approaching
we will have been approaching
you will have been approaching
they will have been approaching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been approaching
you had been approaching
he/she/it had been approaching
we had been approaching
you had been approaching
they had been approaching
Conditional
I would approach
you would approach
he/she/it would approach
we would approach
you would approach
they would approach
Past Conditional
I would have approached
you would have approached
he/she/it would have approached
we would have approached
you would have approached
they would have approached
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.approach - ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situationapproach - 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"
conceptualization, formulation, conceptualisation - inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally
avenue - a line of approach; "they explored every avenue they could think of"; "it promises to open new avenues to understanding"
2.approach - the act of drawing spatially closer to somethingapproach - the act of drawing spatially closer to something; "the hunter's approach scattered the geese"
movement, move, motion - the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"
access - the act of approaching or entering; "he gained access to the building"
closure, closing - approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap; "the ship's rapid rate of closing gave them little time to avoid a collision"
landing approach - the approach to a landing field by an airplane
run-up - the approach run during which an athlete gathers speed
3.approach - a way of entering or leavingapproach - a way of entering or leaving; "he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"
entrance, entranceway, entryway, entree, entry - something that provides access (to get in or get out); "they waited at the entrance to the garden"; "beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral"
way - any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another; "he said he was looking for the way out"
4.approach - the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landingapproach - the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
air lane, skyway, airway, flight path - a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another
approach pattern, traffic pattern, pattern - the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport; "the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded"; "they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"
5.approach - the event of one object coming closer to anotherapproach - the event of one object coming closer to another
motion, movement - a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
6.approach - a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of othersapproach - a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"
proffer, proposition, suggestion - a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse"
7.approach - the temporal property of becoming nearer in timeapproach - the temporal property of becoming nearer in time; "the approach of winter"
timing - the time when something happens
8.approach - a close approximation; "the nearest approach to genius"
similarity - the quality of being similar
9.approach - a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting greenapproach - 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"
golf, golf game - a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes
golf shot, golf stroke, swing - the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
chip shot, chip - (golf) a low running approach shot
pitch shot, pitch - a high approach shot in golf
Verb1.approach - move towardsapproach - move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
come, come up - move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody; "He came singing down the road"; "Come with me to the Casbah"; "come down here!"; "come out of the closet!"; "come into the room"
come near, approach - come near in time; "Winter is approaching"; "approaching old age"
drive up - approach while driving; "The truck entered the driveway and drove up towards the house"
bear down on, bear down upon - sail towards another vessel, of a ship
edge in, edge up - push one's way into (a space)
close - draw near; "The probe closed with the space station"
crowd, push - approach a certain age or speed; "She is pushing fifty"
2.approach - come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character; "This borders on discrimination!"; "His playing approaches that of Horowitz"
approximate, come close - be close or similar; "Her results approximate my own"
converge - approach a limit as the number of terms increases without limit
3.approach - begin to deal with; "approach a task"; "go about a difficult problem"; "approach a new project"
face, face up, confront - deal with (something unpleasant) head on; "You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
4.approach - come near in timeapproach - come near in time; "Winter is approaching"; "approaching old age"
come, come up - move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody; "He came singing down the road"; "Come with me to the Casbah"; "come down here!"; "come out of the closet!"; "come into the room"
get on - grow late or (of time) elapse; "It is getting on midnight--let's all go to bed!"
approach, draw near, near, come near, come on, draw close, go up - move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
5.approach - make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestionapproach - make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion; "I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"
hit - pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to; "He tries to hit on women in bars"
accost, come up to, address - speak to someone

approach

verb
1. move towards, come to, reach, near, advance, catch up, meet, come close, gain on, converge on, come near, push forward, draw near, creep up on When I approached they fell silent.
2. make a proposal to, speak to, apply to, appeal to, proposition, solicit, sound out, make overtures to, make advances to, broach the matter with When he approached me about the job, my first reaction was disbelief.
3. set about, tackle, undertake, embark on, get down to, launch into, begin work on, commence on, make a start on, enter upon The bank has approached the issue in a practical way.
4. approximate, touch, be like, compare with, resemble, come close to, border on, verge on, be comparable to, come near to They race at speeds approaching 200mph.
noun
1. advance, coming, nearing, appearance, arrival, advent, drawing near At their approach the little boy ran away and hid.
2. access, way, drive, road, passage, entrance, avenue, passageway The path serves as an approach to the boat house.
3. (often plural) proposal, offer, appeal, advance, application, invitation, proposition, overture There had already been approaches from interested buyers.
4. way, means, course, style, attitude, method, technique, manner, procedure, mode, modus operandi We will be exploring different approaches to information-gathering.
5. approximation, likeness, semblance the nearest approach to an apology we have so far heard

approach

verb
1. To come near in space or time:
Idioms: come close to, draw near to.
2. To come near, as in quality or amount:
3. To bring an appeal or request, for example, to the attention of:
Obsolete: sue.
noun
1. The act or fact of coming near:
2. A method used in dealing with something:
3. A preliminary action intended to elicit a favorable response:
advance (used in plural), overture.
Translations
إقْتِرابتَوَجُّـه، تَوَدُّد، تَقَرُّبمَدْخَل، مَنْفَذ، طَريقيَقْتَرِبيَقْتَرِبُ
přiblížit sepřístuppříchodpokus
adganganflyvningankomstdet at nærme sighenvendelse
lähestyälähestyminen
pristupiti
közelítmegkörnyékezmegközelítmegközelítésodavezető út
aîkoma, aîkomuleiîkoma, òaî aî e-î nálgastleita til; reyna viînálgast
近づく
접근하다
artėjantisartinimasisbandymas kreiptisbandymas užkalbintipriartėti
griešanāsgrieztiespieejatuvošanāstuvoties
nærme segtilnærmelsetilnærmelsesmåtetilstundelsetilnærme seg
bližati sepribliževanjeprihodpristop
närma (sig)stunda
เข้าใกล้
yaklaşmakyanaşmakbaşvurugirişgiriş yolu
đến gần

approach

[əˈprəʊtʃ]
A. VT
1. (= come near) [+ place] → acercarse a, aproximarse a; [+ person] → abordar, dirigirse a
he approached the housese acercó or aproximó a la casa
a man approached me in the streetun hombre me abordó en la calle
2. (with request etc) → dirigirse a; (= speak to) → hablar con
have you tried approaching the mayor?¿has probado a dirigirte al alcalde?
have you approached your bank manager about the loan?¿has hablado con el gerente del banco sobre el préstamo?
he is difficult to approachno es fácil abordarle
3. (= tackle) [+ subject, problem, job] → abordar
we must approach the matter with caretenemos que abordar el asunto con mucho cuidado
I approach it with an open mindme lo planteo sin ningún prejuicio
it all depends on how we approach itdepende de cómo lo enfoquemos
4. (= approximate to) (in quality) → aproximarse a; (in appearance) → parecerse a
here the colour approaches blueaquí el color tira a azul
it was approaching midnightera casi medianoche
the performance approached perfectionla interpretación rayaba en la perfección
he's approaching 50se acerca a los 50
no other painter approaches him (fig) → no hay otro pintor que se le pueda comparar
B. VIacercarse
C. N
1. (= act) → acercamiento m, aproximación f
at the approach of the enemyal acercarse or aproximarse el enemigo
at the approach of Easteral acercarse la Pascua
at the approach of nightal caer la noche
we observed his approachlo vimos acercarse
2. (to problem, subject) → enfoque m, planteamiento m
a new approach to mathsun nuevo enfoque or planteamiento sobre las matemáticas
I don't like your approach to this matterno me gusta tu modo de enfocar esta cuestión
we must think of a new approachtenemos que idear otro método
3. (= offer) → oferta f, propuesta f; (= proposal) → proposición f, propuesta f
to make approaches to sbdirigirse a algn
to make amorous approaches to sb (liter) → requerir de amores a algn
4. (= access) → acceso m (to a) (= road) → vía f de acceso, camino m de acceso
approachesaccesos mpl (Mil) → aproches mpl
the northern approaches of the citylos accesos or las vías de acceso a la ciudad por el norte
5. (Golf) → aproximación f, golpe m de aproximación
D. CPD approach light N (Aer) → baliza f de aproximación
approach road Nvía f de acceso, entrada f
approach shot N (Golf) → golpe m de aproximación

approach

[əˈprəʊtʃ]
vi
[person] → s'approcher, approcher
[summer, winter, spring, autumn] → approcher, être proche
vt
(= come near to) [+ house, door, person, village] → s'approcher de
He approached the house → Il s'est approché de la maison.
[+ event] → s'approcher de
(= tackle) [+ subject, issue] → aborder
to approach a problem → aborder un problème
(= contact) → s'adresser à; [company] → contacter
to approach sb about sth → aller (or venir) voir qn pour qch
n
[person, vehicle, plane, train] → approche f
[season, summer, winter, event] → approche f
(access route)accès m
approach to sth (= access, path) → accès de qch
The path serves as an approach to the house → Le chemin sert d'accès à la maison.
Troops secured the approaches to the city
BUT Les troupes ont protégé les abords de la ville.
(= way of dealing with sth) (to problem, issue)approche f
his approach to the problem → son approche du problème

approach

vi (physically) → sich nähern, näher kommen; (date, summer etc)nahen
vt
(= come near)sich nähern (+dat); (Aviat) → anfliegen; (in figures, temperature, time) → zugehen auf (+acc), → sich nähern (+dat); (in quality, stature) → herankommen an (+acc); (fig)heranreichen an (+acc); to approach thirtyauf die dreißig zugehen; to approach adolescence/manhoodins Pubertätsalter/Mannesalter kommen; the train is now approaching platform 3der Zug hat Einfahrt auf Gleis 3; something approaching a festive atmosphereeine annähernd festliche Stimmung
(= make an approach to) person, committee, organizationherantreten an (+acc)(about wegen), angehen (about um), ansprechen (→ about wegen, auf +acchin); I haven’t approached him yetich habe ihn daraufhin noch nicht angesprochen, ich bin damit noch nicht an ihn herangetreten; he is easy/difficult to approacher ist leicht/nicht leicht ansprechbar
(= tackle) question, problem, taskangehen, herangehen an (+acc), → anpacken
n
(= drawing near)(Heran)nahen nt; (of troops)Heranrücken nt; (of night)Einbruch m; (Aviat) → Anflug m (→ to an +acc); at the approach of Easterals das Osterfest nahte/wenn das Osterfest naht
(to person, committee, organization) → Herantreten nt; to make approaches/an approach to somebody (with request) → an jdn herantreten; (man to woman) → Annäherungsversuche machen
(= way of tackling, attitude)Ansatz m(to zu); a positive approach to mathematics/teachingeine positive Einstellung zu Mathematik/zum Unterrichten; his approach to the problemseine Art or Methode, an das Problem heranzugehen, sein Problemansatz m; you’ve chosen the wrong approachdu gehst die Sache falsch an; try a different approachversuchs doch mal anders; new approaches in psychologyneue Ansätze in der Psychologie
(= access)Zugang m, → Weg m; (= road)Zufahrt(sstraße) f
(= approximation)Annäherung f (→ to an +acc)

approach

:
approach lights
pl (Aviat) → Lichter plder Einflugschneise
approach path
n (Aviat) → Einflugschneise f
approach road
n (to city etc) → Zufahrtsstraße f; (to motorway) → (Autobahn)zubringer m; (= slip road)Auf- or Einfahrt f
approach shot
n (Golf) → Schlag mzwischen Abschlag und Grün

approach

[əˈprəʊtʃ]
1. vt
a. (come near, person) → avvicinarsi a, avvicinare; (animal) → avvicinarsi a; (place) → stare per arrivare a, avvicinarsi a (fig) (subject, problem, job) → impostare, affrontare
I approached it with an open mind → ho considerato la cosa senza pregiudizi
he's approaching 50 → si avvicina ai 50, va per i 50
no other painter approaches him (fig) → nessun altro pittore lo uguaglia
b. (with request) to approach sb about sthrivolgersi a qn per qc
2. viavvicinarsi
the approaching elections → le imminenti elezioni
3. n
a. (act) → l'avvicinarsi m, avvicinamento
at the approach of night → all'avvicinarsi della notte
b. (to problem, subject) → modo di affrontare, approccio
a new approach to maths → un nuovo approccio alla matematica
c. (access) → accesso
the northern approaches to the city → le vie d'accesso a nord della città
d. (proposal, inquiry, about a job, project) → proposta; (to committee, department) → presa di contatto
to make an approach to sb → contattare qn
to make approaches to sb (amorous) → fare degli approcci or delle avances a qn
4. adjdi avvicinamento

approach

(əˈprəutʃ) verb
to come near (to). The car approached (the traffic lights) at top speed; Christmas is approaching.
noun
1. the act of coming near. The boys ran off at the approach of a policeman.
2. a road, path etc leading to a place. All the approaches to the village were blocked by fallen rock.
3. an attempt to obtain or attract a person's help, interest etc. They have made an approach to the government for help; That fellow makes approaches to (= he tries to become friendly with) every woman he meets.
apˈproachable adjective
1. friendly.
2. that can be reached. The village is not approachable by road.
apˈproaching adjective
the approaching dawn.

approach

يَقْتَرِبُ přiblížit se tilgang nähern (sich) πλησιάζω aproximarse lähestyä approcher pristupiti avvicinarsi 近づく 접근하다 naderen nærme (seg) zbliżyć się aproximar-se приближаться närma (sig) เข้าใกล้ yaklaşmak đến gần 接近

ap·proach

n. [avenue] acceso, entrada; [words] las palabras acertadas; método; [decision] las medidas necesarias;
vr. acercarse, aproximarse;
vt. abordar; acercarse-a.

approach

n abordaje m; surgical — abordaje quirúrgico
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The Indians silently repaired to their appointed stations, which were fissures in the rocks, whence they could command the approaches to the foot of the falls.
The Sunday stillness both of the approaches and of the interior, in which I met no one, fairly excited me with a sense of opportunity.
He knew an abundance of simple acts to propitiate and invite the approaches of the little people, and he resolved to play his part right skilfully.
He grows vespertinal in his habits as the evening of life approaches, till at last he comes forth only just before sundown, and gets all the walk that he requires in half an hour.
Now you are get- ting it; that is the idea -- at least, it sort of approaches it.
Every Saturday she hires little Injuns to garrison her fort; then she lays siege to it, and makes military approaches by make-believe trenches in make-believe night, and finally at make-believe dawn she draws her sword and sounds the assault and takes it by storm.
For example, when the regular dueling-day of one of the corps approaches, its president calls for volunteers from among the membership to offer battle; three or more respond--but there must not be less than three; the president lays their names before the other presidents, with the request that they furnish antagonists for these challengers from among their corps.
Evening approaches," said I, as I looked towards the window.
So far as it was possible to comprehend him without overstepping those delicate and gradual approaches which Mr.
An unhappy culprit, found guilty of imperfect exercise, approaches at his command.
As the question had no bearing, near or remote, on any foregone or subsequent transaction, I consider it to have been thrown out, like her previous approaches, in general conversational condescension.
Any one possessing a mile or two of secluded seaboard, cut off on the land side by precipitous approaches, and including a sheltered river mouth ingeniously hidden by nature, in the form of a jutting wall of rock, from the sea, might have made as good use of these natural opportunities as the nobleman in question, had they only been as wise and as rich.