approach meaning

[ ə'prəutʃ ] Pronunciation:   "approach" in a sentence
Verb: approach  u'prowch
  1. Move towards
    "We were approaching our destination"
    - near, come on, go up, draw near, draw close, come near 
  2. Come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
    "His playing approaches that of Horowitz"
    - border on 
  3. Begin to deal with
    "approach a task"; "approach a new project"
    - set about, go about 
  4. Come near in time
    "Winter is approaching"; "approaching old age"
    - come near 
  5. Make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion
    "I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"
Noun: approach  u'prowch
  1. 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"
    - attack, plan of attack 
  2. The act of drawing spatially closer to something
    "the hunter's approach scattered the geese"
    - approaching, coming 
  3. A way of entering or leaving
    - access 
  4. The final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
    - approach path, glide path, glide slope 
  5. The event of one object coming closer to another
    - approaching 
  6. A tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    - overture, advance, feeler 
  7. The temporal property of becoming nearer in time
    "the approach of winter"
    - approaching, coming 
  8. A close approximation
    "the nearest approach to genius" 
  9. 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"
    - approach shot

Derived forms: approaching, approaches, approached

See also: approachable

Type of: accost, act, address, air lane, airway, approximate, come, come close, come up, come up to, conceptualisation [Brit], conceptualization, flight path, formulation, golf shot, golf stroke, motion, move, movement, nobble [Brit], proffer, proposition, similarity, skyway, suggestion, swing, timing, way

Part of: approach pattern, pattern, traffic pattern

[Mechanical engineering]
The difference between the temperature of the water leaving a cooling tower and the wet-bulb temperature of the surrounding air.

n : the surgical procedure by which access is gained to a bodily part

[Oil and gas]
The number of degrees temperature difference between the hot fluid inlet and cold fluid outlet, or between the hot fluid outlet and cold fluid inlet, whichever is smaller.


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  1. my own work follows this approach.
  2. katydids were lamenting fall 's approach.
  3. he still had not the courage to approach her.
  4. at her approach the children ran off.
  5. she resented his persistent approaches.

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