approach - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleapproaching
past tenseapproached
past participleapproached
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move closer to someone or something

    She heard footsteps approaching from behind.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if an event or a particular time approaches, it will happen soon

      The day of the election approached.

  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.