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Princeton's WordNet

  1. approach, approachingnoun

    the event of one object coming closer to another

  2. approach, approaching, comingnoun

    the temporal property of becoming nearer in time

    "the approach of winter"

  3. approach, approaching, comingadjective

    the act of drawing spatially closer to something

    "the hunter's approach scattered the geese"

  4. approaching, coming(a), forthcoming, upcomingadjective

    of the relatively near future

    "the approaching election"; "this coming Thursday"; "the forthcoming holidays"; "the upcoming spring fashions"


  1. approachingadverb


  2. approachingadjective

    That approaches or approach.

    the approaching armies


  1. Approaching

    Approaching is the fourth live album by contemporary classical chamber orchestra Symphony Number One. The album was released on November 3, 2017 and features the music of Nicholas Bentz, Martha Horst, and Hangrui Zhang. The majority of the disk is taken up by Nicholas Bentz’s work Approaching Eternity.


  1. approaching

    Approaching refers to the act of moving closer or nearer to something or someone in terms of physical distance, time, or quality. It can also imply going towards or confronting a certain situation or subject in a particular manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Approaching

    of Approach

  2. Approachingnoun

    the act of ingrafting a sprig or shoot of one tree into another, without cutting it from the parent stock; -- called, also, inarching and grafting by approach

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of approaching in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of approaching in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of approaching in a Sentence

  1. Joe Rixey:

    It’s not broken but it’s certainly burdened, with $47 billion (in arms sales approvals) in FY15, and we're approaching $40 billion this year, we’ve got to make sure that we get better.

  2. Bertrand Russell:

    One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

  3. Randy Sterett:

    There's been the SWAT operation going on and a UAV [drone] driving—flying—right into the front yard and watching as they're approaching the house, putting their safety and the safety of those who are in the community at risk.

  4. Elvis Picardo:

    With crude oil today, it was approaching $50.50 and now it's at $52.80, there's an undercurrent of bullishness and big dips will be met with some buying.

  5. Katie Libbe:

    It’s been widely reported that baby boomers are worried about their retirement, but the financial planning and retirement concerns of Generation X have gotten less attention, while our study confirms that many boomers still lack confidence about their future, it reveals alarming realities about the significant angst and pessimism Gen X feels regarding the current and future state of their finances. They’re the next generation that’s quickly approaching retirement and their hands-off approach to planning and preparation is alarming.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. handsome
    • B. obnoxious
    • C. disjointed
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