[ə'prəʊtʃ] or [ə'protʃ]


(noun.) the act of drawing spatially closer to something; 'the hunter's approach scattered the geese'.

(noun.) 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'.

(noun.) 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'.

(noun.) a close approximation; 'the nearest approach to genius'.

(noun.) the temporal property of becoming nearer in time; 'the approach of winter'.

(noun.) the event of one object coming closer to another.

(verb.) make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion; 'I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters'.

(verb.) come near in time; 'Winter is approaching'; 'approaching old age'.

(verb.) move towards; 'We were approaching our destination'; 'They are drawing near'; 'The enemy army came nearer and nearer'.

Typist: Remington--From WordNet


(v. i.) To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.

(v. i.) To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.

(v. t.) To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance.

(v. t.) 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.

(v. t.) To take approaches to.

(v. i.) The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.

(v. i.) A access, or opportunity of drawing near.

(v. i.) Movements to gain favor; advances.

(v. i.) A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.

(v. i.) The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.

(v. i.) See Approaching.

Checker: Lorrie

Synonyms and Synonymous

v. n. Approximate, draw near, draw nigh, come near, be at hand.

v. a. Resemble, come near to, be like.

n. [1]. Advance, approximation, advent, coming, drawing near.[2]. Access, admittance, admission.

Checker: Sondra

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Access, avenue, entrance, adit, vestibule, arrival, approximation, advent,Bearing, admission, appropinquation, admittance, mode, path, way, advance,similarity

ANT:Exit, egress, debouchure, outlet, departure, recession, distance, diversity,disparity

Checked by Bryant


v.i. to draw near: to draw nigh (of time or events): to come near in quality condition &c.: (arch.) to come into personal relations with a person.—v.t. to come near to: to resemble: attain to: to bring near in any sense.—n. a drawing near to in military attack in personal relations: access: a path or avenue: approximation: (pl.) trenches &c. by which besiegers strive to reach a fortress.—n. Approachabi′lty.—adj. Approach′able.

Edited by Georgina


Checked by Ellen


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