Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: aprochier, from Late Latin appropiare, from Latin ad- 'to' + prope 'near'


1 verb
ap‧proach1 S3 W2

move towards

[intransitive and transitive] to move towards or nearer to someone or something:
As I approached the house, I noticed a light on upstairs.
She heard footsteps approaching.


[transitive] to ask someone for something, or ask them to do something, especially when you are asking them for the first time or when you are not sure if they will do it
approach somebody for something
Students should be able to approach teachers for advice.
approach somebody/something about (doing) something
The charity approached several stores about giving food aid.
I have already been approached by several other companies (=offered a job, work etc).

future event

[intransitive and transitive] if an event or a particular time approaches, or you approach it, it is coming nearer and will happen soon:
She was then approaching the end of her career.
The time is fast approaching when we will have to make a decision.
With winter approaching, many animals are storing food.

deal with

[transitive] to begin to deal with a situation or problem in a particular way or with a particular attitude
approach a problem/task/matter etc
It might be possible to approach the problem in a different way.


[intransitive and transitive] to be almost equal to something:
temperatures approaching 35ºC
He's never had anything approaching a normal life.

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