Definitions for approach
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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"
approach, approaching, comingnoun
the act of drawing spatially closer to something
"the hunter's approach scattered the geese"
a way of entering or leaving
"he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"
approach path, approach, glide path, glide slopenoun
the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
the event of one object coming closer to another
overture, advance, approach, feelernoun
a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
"she rejected his advances"
approach, approaching, comingnoun
the temporal property of becoming nearer in time
"the approach of winter"
a close approximation
"the nearest approach to genius"
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"
approach, near, come on, go up, draw near, draw close, come nearverb
"We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
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"
set about, go about, approachverb
begin to deal with
"approach a task"; "go about a difficult problem"; "approach a new project"
approach, come nearverb
come near in time
"Winter is approaching"; "approaching old age"
make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion
"I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"
(Aviation) that part of a flight during which an airplane descends toward the landing strip.
The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
An access, or opportunity of drawing near.
Movements to gain favor; advances.
A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.
A manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made.
The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.
A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.
The way an aircraft lands at an airport.
The area before the lane, in which a player may stand or run up before bowling the ball.
To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.
as he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.
To come near to in place, time, character or value; to draw nearer to.
To make an attempt at (solving a problem or making a policy).
To speak to, as to make a request or ask a question.
To take approaches to.
Etymology: From approchen, aprochen, aprochier, appropiare, from ad + propiare, from.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
Approach refers to a way or method of dealing with or addressing a particular task, problem or situation. It can also refer to the act of moving closer towards a destination, goal or object.
to come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer
to draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman
to bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance
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
to take approaches to
the act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near
a access, or opportunity of drawing near
movements to gain favor; advances
a way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access
the advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post
Etymology: [OE. approchen, aprochen, OF. approcher, LL. appropriare, fr. L. ad + propiare to draw near, prope near.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
The route by which a fortified place or military position can be approached by an attacking force.
Approach vs. Reproach -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Approach and Reproach.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'approach' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #652
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'approach' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1436
Rank popularity for the word 'approach' in Nouns Frequency: #221
Rank popularity for the word 'approach' in Verbs Frequency: #297
The numerical value of approach in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of approach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are but you must approach each man by the right door.
Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men.
Difficulties increase the nearer we approach our goal.
Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation.
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
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