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verb approach pronunciation in British English /əˈprəʊtʃ/
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present tense
present participleapproaching
past tenseapproached
past participleapproached

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move closer to someone or something
    She heard footsteps approaching from behind.
    A strange boat was approaching the shore.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if an event or a particular time approaches, it will happen soon
      The day of the election approached.
      Winter is fast approaching.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to speak to someone about something for the first time, especially in order to ask for help or make an offer
    Have you thought about approaching Sally? She might be able to help.
    approach someone about something: I have already approached my boss about a pay rise.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to almost reach a particular level, number, or condition
    England never approached the state of political collapse which France then faced.
    There is no one who even approaches his talents.
    They played in temperatures approaching 40 degrees.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to deal with a situation or problem in a particular way
    Governments tend to approach the issue from different angles.


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