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Definition of APPROACH

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Approach \Ap*proach"\, v. t.
     1. To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance. [Archaic] --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

     2. To come near to in place, time, or character; to draw nearer to; as, to approach the city; to approach my cabin; he approached the age of manhood. [1913 Webster]

              He was an admirable poet, and thought even to have approached Homer.                     --Temple. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Mil.) To take approaches to.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Approach \Ap*proach"\, n. [Cf. F. approche. See {Approach}, v. i.]
     1. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near. "The approach of summer." --Horsley. [1913 Webster]

              A nearer approach to the human type.  --Owen. [1913 Webster]

     2. A access, or opportunity of drawing near.
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              The approach to kings and principal persons.
                                                    --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     3. pl. Movements to gain favor; advances.
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     4. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     5. pl. (Fort.) The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Hort.) See {Approaching}.
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     7. (Golf) A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     8. (Aviation) that part of a flight during which an airplane descends toward the landing strip. [PJC]

     9. (Bowling) the steps taken by a bowler just before delivering the ball toward the pins. [PJC.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Approach \Ap*proach"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Approached}; p. pr.
     & vb. n. {Approaching}.] [OE. approchen, aprochen, OF. approcher, LL. appropriare, fr. L. ad + propiare to draw near, prope near.]
     1. To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer. [1913 Webster]

              Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city? --2 Sam. xi. 20. [1913 Webster]

              But exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.           --Heb. x. 25. [1913 Webster]

     2. To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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technique, tentative, tentative approach, the big picture, the drill, the how, the picture, the way of, threaten, throw a pass, tickle the palm, time in, tone, touch, touchdown, trench, trial, trial and error, try, turn up, undertake, undertaking, unite, venture, venture on, venture upon, verge, vestibule, vicinage, vicinity, way, way in, whack, wire-pull, wise, work on, working plan

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