1. [ verb ] move towards
Synonyms: near come_on go_up draw_near come_near draw_close

"We were approaching our destination" "They are drawing near" "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"

Related terms: come close bear_down_on edge_in drive_up push advance
2. [ noun ] ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
Synonyms: attack plan_of_attack

"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"

Related terms: conceptualization avenue set_about
3. [ verb ] come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
Synonyms: border_on

"This borders on discrimination!" "His playing approaches that of Horowitz"

Related terms: approximate converge
4. [ noun ] the act of drawing spatially closer to something
Synonyms: coming approaching

"the hunter's approach scattered the geese"

Related terms: motion closing landing_approach run-up access come
5. [ verb ] metaphorically, as in time
Synonyms: come_near

"Winter is approaching" "approaching old age"

Related terms: come get_on
6. [ verb ] make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion

"I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"

Related terms: address hit overture
7. [ verb ] begin to deal with
Synonyms: go_about set_about

"approach a task" "go about a difficult problem" "approach a new project"

Related terms: act confront
8. [ noun ] a way of entering or leaving
Synonyms: access

"he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"

Related terms: way entrance
9. [ noun ] (transportation) the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
Synonyms: glide_path glide_slope approach_path
Related terms: air_lane traffic_pattern
10. [ noun ] the event of one object coming closer to another
Synonyms: approaching
Related terms: movement
11. [ noun ] a close approximation

"the nearest approach to genius"

Related terms: similarity approximation border_on
12. [ noun ] a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
Synonyms: advance overture feeler

"she rejected his advances"

Related terms: suggestion
13. [ noun ] the temporal property of becoming nearer in time
Synonyms: coming approaching

"the approach of winter"

Related terms: timing come
14. [ noun ] (sport,golf) a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
Synonyms: approach_shot

"he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green"

Related terms: golf_stroke pitch chip
Similar spelling:   approaching