Definition of approach verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊtʃ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they approach
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊtʃ//
    he / she / it approaches
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊtʃɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊtʃɪz//
    past simple approached
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊtʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊtʃt//
    past participle approached
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊtʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊtʃt//
    -ing form approaching
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊtʃɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊtʃɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to come near to somebody/something in distance or time We heard the sound of an approaching car/a car approaching. Winter is approaching. The time is fast approaching when we shall have to make a decision. approach somebody/something As you approach the town, you'll see the college on the left.
  2. offer/ask
  3. 2  [transitive] to speak to somebody about something, especially to ask them for something or to offer to do something approach somebody 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). approach somebody for something/about (doing) something She approached the bank for a loan. See related entries: Business deals
  4. amount/quality
  5. 3  [transitive] approach something to come close to something in amount, level or quality profits approaching 30 million dollars Few writers approach his richness of language.
  6. problem/task
  7. 4  [transitive] approach something to start dealing with a problem, task, etc. in a particular way What's the best way of approaching this problem?
  8. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French aprochier, aprocher, from ecclesiastical Latin appropiare ‘draw near’, from ad- ‘to’ + propius (comparative of prope ‘near’).Extra examples Have you approached John about doing a concert? Here Wordsworth’s verse movement closely approaches that of Gray. How would this problem be best approached? I approached the bank for a loan. It’s best to approach her directly. She found her father difficult to approach. The army approached from the south. The time is fast approaching when we will have to replace these old machines. There is no other player even remotely approaching her calibre. A man approached me and asked for the time. Aid was desperately needed as winter approached. As the end of the course approaches, the students are busy applying for jobs. Attacks on the party increased as the election approached. He was approaching a turning point in his life. I’d like to ask his opinion but I find him difficult to approach. Police said the suspect should not be approached. She approached the crossroads cautiously. The big race was rapidly approaching. The deadline was fast approaching. The light comes on if an intruder approaches. The system is designed to stop missiles as they approach their target. They have just announced profits approaching $30 million. They saw the lights of an approaching car. We could hear the train approaching. What’s the best way of approaching this problem? With retirement approaching, she wants to move somewhere a little smaller.
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