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English noun: approach

1. approach (act) ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation

SamplesHis approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons.
An attack on inflation.
His plan of attack was misguided.

Synonymsattack, plan of attack

Broader (hypernym)conceptualisation, conceptualization, formulation

Narrower (hyponym)avenue

2. approach (act) the act of drawing spatially closer to something

SamplesThe hunter's approach scattered the geese.

Synonymsapproaching, coming

Broader (hypernym)motion, move, movement

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

3. approach (artifact) a way of entering or leaving

SamplesHe took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge.


Broader (hypernym)way

Narrower (hyponym)entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway

4. approach (location) the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing

Synonymsapproach path, glide path, glide slope

Broader (hypernym)air lane, airway, flight path, skyway

Part meronymapproach pattern, pattern, traffic pattern

5. approach (event) the event of one object coming closer to another


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

6. approach (communication) a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

SamplesShe rejected his advances.

Synonymsadvance, feeler, overture

Broader (hypernym)proffer, proposition, suggestion

7. approach (attribute) the temporal property of becoming nearer in time

SamplesThe approach of winter.

Synonymsapproaching, coming

Broader (hypernym)timing

8. approach (attribute) a close approximation

SamplesThe nearest approach to genius.

Broader (hypernym)similarity

9. approach (act) a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green

SamplesHe lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green.

Synonymsapproach shot

Broader (hypernym)golf shot, golf stroke, swing

Narrower (hyponym)chip, chip shot, pitch, pitch shot

Domain categorygolf, golf game

English verb: approach

1. approach (motion) move towards

SamplesWe were approaching our destination.
They are drawing near.
The enemy army came nearer and nearer.

ExamplesSam and Sue approach

Synonymscome near, come on, draw close, draw near, go up, near

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)come, come up

Narrower (hyponym)bear down on, bear down upon, close, crowd, drive up, edge in, edge up, push

Entailadvance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress

Verb groupapproach, come near

2. approach (stative) come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character

SamplesThis borders on discrimination!.
His playing approaches that of Horowitz.

Synonymsborder on

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)approximate, come close

Narrower (hyponym)converge

3. approach (social) begin to deal with

SamplesApproach a task.
Go about a difficult problem.
Approach a new project.

Synonymsgo about, set about

Pattern of useSomebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)confront, face, face up

4. approach (motion) come near in time

SamplesWinter is approaching.
Approaching old age.

Synonymscome near

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)come, come up

Narrower (hyponym)get on

Verb groupapproach, come near, come on, draw close, draw near, go up, near

5. approach (communication) make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion

SamplesI was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters.

ExamplesThey approach him to write the letter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)accost, address, come up to

Narrower (hyponym)hit

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