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Definition of approach verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they approach
    he / she / it approaches
    past simple approached
    -ing form approaching
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    move near
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to come near to someone or 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 will 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 someone 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.
  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?
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