Approach - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈproʊtʃ|  American pronunciation of the word approach
Brit.  |əˈprəʊtʃ|  British pronunciation of the word approach
- ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation (syn: attack)
- the act of drawing spatially closer to something (syn: approaching, coming)
- a way of entering or leaving (syn: access)
- the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
- the event of one object coming closer to another (syn: approaching)
- a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others (syn: advance, feeler, overture)
- the temporal property of becoming nearer in time (syn: approaching, coming)
- a close approximation
- a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
- move towards (syn: come on, go up, near)
- come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
- begin to deal with (syn: go about, set about)
- come near in time
- make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion


The cat approached the baby cautiously.

Ease off the gas pedal to slow down as the bend in the road approaches.

We are approaching the end of the fiscal year.

This weekend we're expecting temperatures approaching 100 degrees.

The success rates approach 90 percent.

He has a wild laugh that sometimes approaches hysteria.

A reproduction that approaches the quality of the original painting

The supervisor is quite easy to approach, so don't hesitate to bring up any problems you have.

We were advised to never be too aggressive when approaching a potential client.

Trying a more healthy approach

The cat made a cautious approach.

The quiet afternoon was interrupted by the approach of a motorboat.

A loud growl warned us of the bear's approach.

With the approach of summer came longer, hotter days.

It approaches mysticism.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: approach
he/she/it: approaches
present participle: approaching
past tense: approached
past participle: approached
singular: approach
plural: approaches
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