American English

Definition of approach noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a way of dealing with someone or something; a way of doing or thinking about something such as a problem or a task She took the wrong approach in her dealings with them. approach to something The school has decided to adopt a different approach to discipline.
  2. movement nearer
  3. 2[singular] movement nearer to someone or something in distance or time She hadn't heard his approach and jumped as the door opened. the approach of spring They felt apprehensive about the approach of war.
  4. offer/request
  5. 3[countable] the act of speaking to someone about something, 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.
  6. path/road
  7. 4[countable] 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
  8. of aircraft
  9. 5[countable] the part of an aircraft's flight immediately before landing to begin the final approach to the runway
  10. something similar
  11. 6[singular] a thing that is like something else that is mentioned That's the nearest approach to an apology you'll get from him.
  12. Idioms
    the carrot and (the) stick (approach)
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    if you use the carrot and stick approach, you persuade someone to try harder by offering them a reward if they do, or a punishment if they do not The emphasis is on the carrot of incentive rather than the stick of taxes.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: approach