I. verb Etymology: Middle English approchen, from Anglo-French aprocher, from Late Latin appropiare, from Latin ad- + prope near; akin to Latin pro before — more at for Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to draw closer to ; near <
approach a destination
b. to come very near to ; be almost the same as <
its mathematics approaches mysticism — Theodore Sturgeon
as the quantity x approaches zero
2. a. to make advances to especially in order to create a desired result <
was approached by several Broadway producers
b. to take preliminary steps toward accomplishment or full knowledge or experience of <
approach the subject with an open mind
intransitive verb 1. to draw nearer <
the time is fast approaching
2. to make an approach in golf II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. an act or instance of approaching <
the approach of summer
b. approximation <
in this book he makes his closest approach to greatness
2. a. the taking of preliminary steps toward a particular purpose <
experimenting with new lines of approach
b. a particular manner of taking such steps <
a highly individual approach to language
3. a means of access ; avenue 4. a. a golf shot from the fairway toward the green b. the steps taken by a bowler before delivering the ball; also the part of the alley behind the foul line from which the bowler delivers the ball 5. the descent of an aircraft toward a landing place

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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