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Definitions of approach

  1. a way of entering or leaving; " he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"
  2. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; " she rejected his advances"
  3. come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character; " This borders on discrimination!"; " His playing approaches tht of Horowitz"
  4. the act of drawing spatially closer to something; " the hunter's approach scattered the geese"
  5. a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green; " he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green"
  6. ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation; " his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons"; " an attack on inflation"; " his plan of attack was misguided"
  7. a close approximation; " the nearest approach to genius"
  8. the event of one object coming closer to another
  9. the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
  10. metaphorically, as in time; " Winter is approaching"; " approaching old age"
  11. begin to deal with; " approach a task"; " go about a difficult problem"; " appraoch a new project"
  12. move towards; " We were approaching our destination"; " They are drawing near"; " The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
  13. make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion; " I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"
  14. come near in time; " Winter is approaching"; " approaching old age"
  15. begin to deal with; " approach a task"; " go about a difficult problem"; " approach a new project"
  16. come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character; " This borders on discrimination!"; " His playing approaches that of Horowitz"
  17. To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
  18. To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.
  19. To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance.
  20. To come near to in place, time, or character; to draw nearer to; as, to approach the city; to approach my cabin; he approached the age of manhood.
  21. To take approaches to.
  22. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
  23. A access, or opportunity of drawing near.
  24. Movements to gain favor; advances.
  25. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.
  26. The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.
  27. See Approaching.
  28. A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.
  29. To draw or be near.
  30. To come near to in quality, character, or condition.
  31. Act of drawing near; access; passage or avenue; as, an approach to the city.
  32. Approachable.
  33. To draw near: to approximate.
  34. To come near to: to resemble.
  35. A drawing near to: access: a path or avenue.
  36. Act of drawing near to; access.
  37. To draw or be near to.
  38. To come or cause to come near or nearer ( to); make advances ( to).
  39. The act of approaching; a coming nearer; access.
  40. Opportunity, means, or way of approaching,.
  41. Advances, as to friendship, etc.
  42. Works, as trenches, etc., by which besiegers approach a fortified place.
  43. Approachness.
  44. The act of drawing or advancing near; access; an avenue.
  45. The works thrown up by besiegers, to protect them in their advances. To graft by approach, to inarch.
  46. To come or go near; to draw near; to approximate.
  47. To draw near; to come up to.
  48. A coming or drawing near; a path or avenue.
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Usage examples for approach

  1. I once paused and allowed them to approach. – Mushrooms on the Moor by Frank Boreham
  2. Nor could he bring himself to approach Clara. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  3. I have drawn a little nearer, feeling that our terms of acquaintance gave me the right of approach. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  4. I've tried one method of approach, said he, and now I'll try another one. – Fore! by Charles Emmett Van Loan
  5. Over and over they sang the refrain, and the girl was so interested that she did not hear Mr. Huntsworth's approach. – A Daughter of the Union by Lucy Foster Madison
  6. But I believed him to be so safe from every approach here at Burgsdorf. – The Northern Light by E. Werner
  7. Oh how I long for the Approach of my Squire, that is to conduct me to her House again. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  8. He is about to approach her, when he feels a hand upon his arm. – Erlach Court by Ossip Schubin
  9. So long as you are on friendly terms with a man you can approach him and talk over the matter. – How to Collect a Doctor Bill by Frank P. Davis
  10. It was unusual for a guest to approach Crompton for the first time on foot. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  11. There was but one way to approach the closed- up rooms, and that way led past the door of Madeline's room. – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  12. She had heard when he had not Edward's approach around the side of the house. – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  13. No one to go in or out of that house, no one to approach it under any circumstances whatever. – The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  14. I approach the bed. – The Woman in Black by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  15. In the dog, cat, pig, and ox, it is narrow, for the muscles which bound it approach one another pretty closely. – Artistic Anatomy of Animals by Édouard Cuyer
  16. We want to approach. – The-Motor-Girls-on-a-Tour by Penrose, Margaret
  17. She wouldn't trade a two- hundred- yard drive for twenty perfect approach shots. – Fore! by Charles Emmett Van Loan
  18. All was quiet till the approach of dawn. – The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada by Francis Parkman
  19. Men moved aside to allow him to approach Mr. Caryll. – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  20. But I was too near the line of their approach. – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
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