- The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
verb (approach, es)
- The of summer. —Horsley.
- A nearer to the human type. —Owen.
- An access, or opportunity of drawing near.
- The to kings and principal persons. —Bacon.
- (context, used only with the plural approaches) Movements to gain favor; advances.
- A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access. —Macaulay.
- A manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made.
- an to gardening
- (context, used only in the plural, fortification) The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.
- (golf) A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.
- The way a plane lands at an airport.
- (intransitive) To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
Etymology: From (term, approchen, lang=enm), (term, aprochen, lang=enm), (term, approcher, lang=fro), (term, appropriare, lang=la), from (term, ad, lang=la) + (term, propiare, lang=la, , to draw near, prope near).
- 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. 25.
- (intransitive) To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.
- as he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.
- (transitive) 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.
- (context, transitive, military) To take approaches to.
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