Meaning of APPROACH in English

APPROACH

/ əˈprəʊtʃ; NAmE əˈproʊtʃ/ verb , noun

■ verb

MOVE NEAR

1.

to come near to sb/sth in distance or time :

[ v ]

We heard the sound of an approaching car / a car approaching

Winter is approaching.

[ vn ]

As you approach the town, you'll see the college on the left.

OFFER / ASK

2.

[ vn ] approach sb (about / for sth) | approach sb (about doing sth) to speak to sb about sth, especially to ask them for sth or to offer to do sth :

She approached the bank for a loan.

We have been approached by a number of companies that are interested in our product.

I'd like to ask his opinion but I find him difficult to approach (= not easy to talk to in a friendly way) .

AMOUNT / QUALITY

3.

[ vn ] to come close to sth in amount, level or quality :

profits approaching 30 million dollars

Few writers approach his richness of language.

PROBLEM / TASK

4.

[ vn ] to start dealing with a problem, task, etc. in a particular way :

What's the best way of approaching this problem?

■ noun

TO PROBLEM / TASK

1.

[ C ] approach (to sth) a way of dealing with sb/sth; a way of doing or thinking about sth such as a problem or a task :

The school has decided to adopt a different approach to discipline.

She took the wrong approach in her dealings with them.

MOVEMENT NEARER

2.

[ sing. ] movement nearer to sb/sth in distance or time :

She hadn't heard his approach and jumped as the door opened.

the approach of spring

OFFER / REQUEST

3.

[ C ] the act of speaking to sb about sth, especially when making an offer or a request :

The club has made an approach to a local company for sponsorship.

She resented his persistent approaches.

PATH / ROAD

4.

[ C ] a path, road, etc. that leads to a place :

All the approaches to the palace were guarded by troops.

a new approach road to the port

OF AIRCRAFT

5.

[ C ] the part of an aircraft's flight immediately before landing :

to begin the final approach to the runway

STH SIMILAR

6.

[ sing. ] a thing that is like sth else that is mentioned :

That's the nearest approach to an apology you'll get from him.

IDIOMS

see carrot

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French aprochier , aprocher , from ecclesiastical Latin appropiare draw near, from ad- to + propius (comparative of prope near).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.