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English adjective: approaching

1. approaching of the relatively near future

SamplesThe approaching election.
This coming Thursday.
The forthcoming holidays.
The upcoming spring fashions.

Synonymscoming, forthcoming, upcoming


Antonymspast, present

English noun: approaching

1. approaching (event) the event of one object coming closer to another


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

2. approaching (attribute) the temporal property of becoming nearer in time

SamplesThe approach of winter.

Synonymsapproach, coming

Broader (hypernym)timing

3. approaching (act) the act of drawing spatially closer to something

SamplesThe hunter's approach scattered the geese.

Synonymsapproach, coming

Broader (hypernym)motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)access, closing, closure, landing approach, run-up

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