What does Approach mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. approach, attack, plan of attacknoun

    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"

  2. approach, approaching, comingnoun

    the act of drawing spatially closer to something

    "the hunter's approach scattered the geese"

  3. access, approachnoun

    a way of entering or leaving

    "he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"

  4. approach path, approach, glide path, glide slopenoun

    the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing

  5. approach, approachingnoun

    the event of one object coming closer to another

  6. overture, advance, approach, feelernoun

    a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

    "she rejected his advances"

  7. approach, approaching, comingnoun

    the temporal property of becoming nearer in time

    "the approach of winter"

  8. approachnoun

    a close approximation

    "the nearest approach to genius"

  9. approach, approach shotverb

    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"

  10. approach, near, come on, go up, draw near, draw close, come nearverb

    move towards

    "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"

  11. border on, approachverb

    come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character

    "This borders on discrimination!"; "His playing approaches that of Horowitz"

  12. set about, go about, approachverb

    begin to deal with

    "approach a task"; "go about a difficult problem"; "approach a new project"

  13. approach, come nearverb

    come near in time

    "Winter is approaching"; "approaching old age"

  14. approachverb

    make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion

    "I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"


  1. Approachnoun

    (Aviation) that part of a flight during which an airplane descends toward the landing strip.


  1. approachnoun

    The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.

  2. approachnoun

    An access, or opportunity of drawing near.

  3. approachnoun

    Movements to gain favor; advances.

  4. approachnoun

    A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.

  5. approachnoun

    A manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made.

  6. approachnoun

    The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.

  7. approachnoun

    A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.

  8. approachnoun

    The way an aircraft lands at an airport.

  9. approachnoun

    The area before the lane, in which a player may stand or run up before bowling the ball.

  10. approachverb

    To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.

  11. approachverb

    To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.

    as he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.

  12. approachverb

    To come near to in place, time, character or value; to draw nearer to.

  13. approachverb

    To make an attempt at (solving a problem or making a policy).

  14. approachverb

    To speak to, as to make a request or ask a question.

  15. approachverb

    To take approaches to.

  16. Etymology: From approchen, aprochen, aprochier, appropiare, from ad + propiare, from.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Approachnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    If I could bid the seventh welcome with so good heart as I can bid the other five farewel, I should be glad of his approach. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    ’Tis with our souls
    As with our eyes, that after a long darkness
    Are dazzled at th’ approach of sudden light. John Denham, Sophy.

    Honour hath in it the vantage ground to do good; the approach to kings and principal persons; and the raising of a man’s own fortunes. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    For England his approaches makes as fierce
    As waters to the sucking of a gulph. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Against beleagur’d heav’n the giants move,
    Hills pil’d on hills, on mountains mountains lie,
    To make their mad approaches to the sky. John Dryden, Ovid.

  2. To Approachverb

    To bring near to. This sense is rather French than English.

    This they will nimbly perform, if objected to the extremes, but slowly and not at all, if approached unto their roots. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iii. c. 20.

    By plunging paper thoroughly in weak spirit of wine, and approaching it to a candle, the spirituous parts will burn, without harming the paper. Boyle.

    Approach’d, and looking underneath the sun,
    He saw proud Arcite. John Dryden, Fables.

  3. To APPROACHverb

    Etymology: approcher, Fr.

    ’Tis time to look about: the powers of the kingdom approach apace. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    We suppose Ulysses approaching toward Polypheme. Notes on Odyssey.

    Hark! I hear the sound of coaches,
    The hour of attack approaches. John Gay, Beggar’s Opera.

    He shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? Jer. xxx. 21.

    He was an admirable poet, and thought even to have approached . William Temple, Miscellanies.

    To have knowledge in all the objects of contemplation, is what the mind can hardly attain unto; the instances are few of those who have, in any measure, approached towards it. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Approachverb

    to come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer

  2. Approachverb

    to draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman

  3. Approachverb

    to bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance

  4. Approachverb

    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

  5. Approachverb

    to take approaches to

  6. Approachverb

    the act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near

  7. Approachverb

    a access, or opportunity of drawing near

  8. Approachverb

    movements to gain favor; advances

  9. Approachverb

    a way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access

  10. Approachverb

    the advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post

  11. Approachverb

    see Approaching

  12. Etymology: [OE. approchen, aprochen, OF. approcher, LL. appropriare, fr. L. ad + propiare to draw near, prope near.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Approach

    ap-prōch′, v.i. to draw near: to draw nigh (of time or events): to come near in quality, condition, &c.: (arch.) to come into personal relations with a person.—v.t. to come near to: to resemble: attain to: to bring near in any sense.—n. a drawing near to in military attack, in personal relations: access: a path or avenue: approximation: (pl.) trenches, &c., by which besiegers strive to reach a fortress.—n. Approachabi′lty.—adj. Approach′able. [O. Fr. aprochier, Low L. adpropiare—L. ad, to, prope, near.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. approach

    The route by which a fortified place or military position can be approached by an attacking force.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Approach' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #652

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Approach' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1436

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Approach' in Nouns Frequency: #221

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Approach' in Verbs Frequency: #297

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Approach in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Approach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Approach in a Sentence

  1. Jerome Powell:

    With nothing in the outlook demanding an immediate policy response and particularly given muted inflation pressures, the committee has adopted a patient, wait-and-see approach.

  2. Vivek Cherian:

    On a personal note, we are in the process of moving to Chicago and are basing our decision on school selection based off of their approach to mask mandate because it is that critical to offer our children the greatest advantage of staying safe, there is no question that the updated recommendations will encourage some schools( if not most) to issue or reissue mask mandates. Many schools are implementing guidance based on the CDC recommendations in general.

  3. The Limited.Hudson Bay:

    Following an extensive review of strategic alternatives, Le Tote leadership and innovative approach is the best path forward for Lord Taylor, its loyal customers and dedicated associates.

  4. Marti Taylor:

    This is as much about the physical facilities and the people involved in treatment as well as technology, our foundation is going to be based on a community approach. It's high tech but also high touch.

  5. Ahmad Puzi:

    From our experience, as long as there's no situation that alarms the criminals, the crew will be safe, we are using a soft approach first, trying to advise them to surrender.

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