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[n] the act of drawing spatially closer to something; "the hunter's approach scattered the geese"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] a way of entering or leaving; "he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"
[n] a close approximation; "the nearest approach to genius"
[n] the temporal property of becoming nearer in time; "the approach of winter"
[n] a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"
[n] the event of one object coming closer to another
[n] the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
[v] make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion; "I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"
[v] metaphorically, as in time; "Winter is approaching"; "approaching old age"
[v] move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
[v] begin to deal with; "approach a task"; "go about a difficult problem"; "appraoch a new project"
[v] come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character; "This borders on discrimination!"; "His playing approaches tht of Horowitz"

Misc. Definitions

\Ap*proach"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Approached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Approaching}.] [OE. approchen, aprochen, OF. approcher, LL. appropriare, fr. L. ad + propiare to draw near, prope near.]
1. To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer. Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city? --2 Sam. xi. 20. But exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. --Heb. x. 2
2. To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.
\Ap*proach"\, v. t.
1. To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance. [Archaic] --Boyle.
2. 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. He was an admirable poet, and thought even to have approached Homer. --Temple.
3. (Mil.) To take approaches to.
\Ap*proach"\, n. [Cf. F. approche. See {Approach}, v. i.]
1. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near. ``The approach of summer.'' --Horsley. A nearer approach to the human type. --Owen.
2. A access, or opportunity of drawing near. The approach to kings and principal persons. --Bacon.
3. pl. Movements to gain favor; advances.
4. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access. --Macaulay.
5. pl. (Fort.) The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.
6. (Hort.) See {Approaching}.
\Ap*proach"\, n. (Golf) A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.

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