ap|proach1 [ ə`proutʃ ] verb ***
1. ) intransitive or transitive to move closer to someone or something:
She heard footsteps approaching from behind.
A strange boat was approaching the shore.
a ) intransitive if an event or a particular time approaches, it will happen soon:
The day of the election approached.
Winter is fast approaching.
2. ) transitive to speak to someone about something for the first time, especially in order to ask for help or make an offer:
Have you thought about approaching Sally? She might be able to help.
approach someone about something: I have already approached my boss about a raise.
3. ) transitive to almost reach a particular level, number, or condition:
There is no one who even approaches his talents.
They played in temperatures approaching 100 degrees.
4. ) transitive to deal with a situation or problem in a particular way:
Governments tend to approach the issue from different angles.
ap|proach 2 [ ə`proutʃ ] noun ***
1. ) count a particular way of thinking about or dealing with something:
We need a fresh approach to sports in education.
approach to: He has a relaxed approach to life.
adopt/take/use an approach: As a writer she takes a completely new approach to the classic horror story.
2. ) singular the fact of coming closer in time or in distance:
With the approach of war, many children were evacuated.
We watched the carriage's slow and steady approach.
3. ) count the path that a plane follows when it is preparing to land:
approach to/into: The plane crashed during its final approach to the airport.
a ) a path or road that leads to a place:
approach to: Soldiers were guarding all approaches to the palace.
4. ) count the action of starting to speak or write to someone when you are asking for something or making an offer:
make an approach to someone: The company has made some approaches to the Department of Commerce.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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