ap|proach1 W2S3 [əˈprəutʃ US əˈproutʃ] v
1¦(move towards)¦
3¦(future event)¦
4¦(deal with)¦
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: aprochier, from Late Latin appropiare, from Latin ad- 'to' + prope 'near']
1.) ¦(MOVE TOWARDS)¦ [I and T]
to move towards or nearer to someone or something
As I approached the house, I noticed a light on upstairs.
She heard footsteps approaching.
2.) ¦(ASK)¦ [T]
to ask someone for something, or ask them to do something, especially when you are asking them for the first time or when you are not sure if they will do it
approach sb for sth
Students should be able to approach teachers for advice.
approach sb/sth about (doing) sth
The charity approached several stores about giving food aid.
I have already been approached by several other companies (=offered a job, work etc) .
3.) ¦(FUTURE EVENT)¦ [I and T]
if an event or a particular time approaches, or you approach it, it is coming nearer and will happen soon
She was then approaching the end of her career.
The time is fast approaching when we will have to make a decision.
With winter approaching, many animals are storing food.
4.) ¦(DEAL WITH)¦ [T]
to begin to deal with a situation or problem in a particular way or with a particular attitude
approach a problem/task/matter etc
It might be possible to approach the problem in a different way.
5.) ¦(ALMOST)¦ [I and T]
to be almost equal to something
temperatures approaching 35ºC
He's never had anything approaching a normal life.
approach 2
approach2 W1S3 n
3 the approach of something
4¦(movement towards)¦
1.) ¦(METHOD)¦
a method of doing something or dealing with a problem
approach to
a new approach to teaching languages
He decided to adopt a different approach and teach the Bible through story-telling.
This book takes an unorthodox approach to art criticism.
organizations which take a positive approach to creative thinking
2.) ¦(ASK)¦
a request from someone, asking you to do something for them
They made a direct approach to the minister of education.
3.) the approach of sth
the approach of a particular time or event is the fact that it is getting closer
the approach of autumn
It's a sign of the approach of middle age.
movement towards or near to something
Our approach frightened the birds.
5.) ¦(PATH/ROAD)¦
a road, path etc that leads to a place, and is the main way of reaching it
Soldiers were guarding the approaches to the city.
an approach road
6.) ¦(AIRCRAFT)¦
the final part of a plane's flight, before it lands at an airport
It was clear to land so we made our approach .

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