What is the meaning of approach?


  • Ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation.
    • usage: "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"
  • The act of drawing spatially closer to something.
    • usage: "the hunter's approach scattered the geese"
  • A way of entering or leaving.
    • usage: "he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"
  • The final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing.
  • The event of one object coming closer to another.
  • A tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others.
    • usage: "she rejected his advances"
  • The temporal property of becoming nearer in time.
    • usage: "the approach of winter"
  • A close approximation.
    • usage: "the nearest approach to genius"
  • A relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green.
    • usage: "he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green"


  • Move towards.
    • usage: "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
  • Come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character.
    • usage: "This borders on discrimination"; "His playing approaches that of Horowitz"
  • Begin to deal with.
    • usage: "approach a task"; "go about a difficult problem"; "approach a new project"
  • Come near in time.
    • usage: "Winter is approaching"; "approaching old age"
  • Make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion.
    • usage: "I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"
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