Pronunciation: (u-prōch'), [key]
1. to come near or nearer to: The cars slowed down as they approached the intersection.
2. to come near to in quality, character, time, or condition; to come within range for comparison: As a poet he hardly approaches Keats.
3. to present, offer, or make a proposal or request to: to approach the president with a suggestion.
4. to begin work on; set about: to approach a problem.
5. to make advances to; address.
6. to bring near to something.

1. to come nearer; draw near: A storm is approaching.
2. to come near in character, time, amount, etc.; approximate.

1. the act of drawing near: the approach of a train.
2. nearness or close approximation: a fair approach to accuracy.
3. any means of access, as a road or ramp: the approaches to a city.
4. the method used or steps taken in setting about a task, problem, etc.: His approach to any problem was to prepare an outline.
5. the course to be followed by an aircraft in approaching for a landing or in joining a traffic pattern: The plane's approach to the airport was hazardous.
6. Sometimes, approaches. a presentation, offer, or proposal.
7. approaches, for protecting forces in an advance against a fortified position.
8. Also called approach shot. Golf.a stroke made after teeing off, by which a player attempts to get the ball onto the putting green.
9. Bowling.
a. the steps taken and the manner employed in delivering the ball: He favors a four-step approach.
b. the area behind the foul line, from which the ball is delivered.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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