(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): attack

Definition categories: act, conceptualisation, conceptualization, formulation

2. the act of drawing spatially closer to something

- the hunter's approach scattered the geese

Similar word(s): approaching, coming

Definition categories: act, motion, move, movement

3. a way of entering or leaving

Similar word(s): access

Definition categories: man–made, way

4. the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing

Definition categories: location, airway, skyway

5. the event of one object coming closer to another

Similar word(s): approaching

Definition categories: event, motion, movement

6. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

Similar word(s): advance, feeler, overture

Definition categories: communication, proffer, proposition, suggestion

7. the temporal property of becoming nearer in time

- the approach of winter

Similar word(s): approaching, coming

Definition categories: attribute, timing

8. a close approximation

- the nearest approach to genius

Definition categories: attribute, similarity

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

Definition categories: act, swing


1. move towards

- We were approaching our destination

Similar word(s): near

Definition categories: motion, come

2. come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character

- His playing approaches that of Horowitz

Definition categories: stative, approximate

3. begin to deal with

- approach a task

- approach a new project

Definition categories: social, act, move

4. come near in time

- Winter is approaching

- approaching old age

Definition categories: motion, come

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

Definition categories: communication, accost, address

Sentences with approach as a verb:

- as he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.

- He was an admirable poet, and thought even to have approached Homer. -- Sir William Temple."Would counsel please approach the bench?" asked the judge.

- to approach the city

- He approached the age of manhood.

- Don't approach that house.