|Origin:||aprochier, from Late Latin appropiare, from Latin ad- 'to' + prope 'near'|
ap‧proach1 S3 W2
to move towards or nearer to someone or something:
move towards[intransitive and transitive]
As I approached the house, I noticed a light on upstairs.
She heard footsteps approaching.
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 ➔ approachable
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).
if an event or a particular time approaches, or you approach it, it is coming nearer and will happen soon:
future event[intransitive and transitive]
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.
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.
to be almost equal to something:
almost[intransitive and transitive]
temperatures approaching 35ºC
He's never had anything approaching a normal life.