approach

approach
1 verb
1 MOVE TOWARDS (I, T) to move towards or nearer to someone or something: As they approached the wood a rabbit ran out of the trees. | The car swerved to avoid an approaching bus.
2 ASK (T) to ask someone for something, or ask them to do something, especially when you are not sure they will be interested: approach sb for: Will you be approaching the bank for a loan? | approach sb/sth about (doing) sth: The charity approached several stores about giving food aid.
-see also: approachable
3 FUTURE EVENT (I, T) if an event or a particular time approaches, or you approach it, it is coming nearer and will happen soon: Our vacation is approaching and we still can't decide where to go. | He was in his fifties and approaching retirement.
4 ALMOST REACH STH (I, T) to almost reach a particular high level or amount, or an extreme condition or state: temperatures approaching 35o C | nothing/not approaching (=not at all close in amount): Nothing approaching the $200 million was found by the auditors.
5 DEAL WITH (T) to begin to deal with a difficult situation in a particular way or with a particular attitude: I don't think refusing to negotiate is the right way to approach this problem.
2 noun
1 (C) a method of doing something or dealing with a problem
(+ to): a new approach to teaching languages
2 (U) movement towards or near to something: Our approach frightened the birds away.
3 (C) a road, path etc that leads to a place, and is the main way of reaching it: The approach to the house was by a minor road.
4 (C) a request from someone, asking you to do something for them: make an approach: They made approaches to the team to buy one of their players.
5 the approach of the approach of a particular time or event is the fact that it is getting closer: The leaves were turning brown with the approach of autumn.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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