Meaning of APPROACH in English


I. ə-ˈprōch 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


a. : to draw closer to : near

approach a destination

b. : to come very near to : be almost the same as

its mathematics approach es mysticism — Theodore Sturgeon

as the quantity x approach es zero


a. : to make advances to especially in order to create a desired result

was approach ed 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 approach ing

2. : to make an approach in golf

II. noun

Date: 15th century


a. : an act or instance of approaching

the approach of summer

b. : approximation

in this book he makes his closest approach to greatness


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


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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.