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APPROACH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does approach mean? 

APPROACH (noun)
  The noun APPROACH has 9 senses:

1. ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
2. the act of drawing spatially closer to something
3. a way of entering or leaving
4. the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
5. the event of one object coming closer to another
6. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
7. the temporal property of becoming nearer in time
8. a close approximation
9. a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green

  Familiarity information: APPROACH used as a noun is familiar.


APPROACH (verb)
  The verb APPROACH has 5 senses:

1. move towards
2. come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
3. begin to deal with
4. come near in time
5. make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion

  Familiarity information: APPROACH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


APPROACH (noun)


Sense 1approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

approach; plan of attack; attack

Context examples:

his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons / an attack on inflation / his plan of attack was misguided

Hypernyms ("approach" is a kind of...):

conceptualisation; conceptualization; formulation (inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "approach"):

avenue (a line of approach)


Sense 2approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of drawing spatially closer to something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

coming; approach; approaching

Context example:

the hunter's approach scattered the geese

Hypernyms ("approach" is a kind of...):

motion; move; movement (the act of changing location from one place to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "approach"):

access (the act of approaching or entering)

closing; closure (approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap)

landing approach (the approach to a landing field by an airplane)

run-up (the approach run during which an athlete gathers speed)


Sense 3approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A way of entering or leaving

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

approach; access

Context example:

he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge

Hypernyms ("approach" is a kind of...):

way (any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "approach"):

entrance; entranceway; entree; entry; entryway (something that provides access (to get in or get out))


Sense 4approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

approach path; glide path; glide slope; approach

Hypernyms ("approach" is a kind of...):

air lane; airway; flight path; skyway (a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another)

Holonyms ("approach" is a part of...):

approach pattern; pattern; traffic pattern (the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport)


Sense 5approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The event of one object coming closer to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

approaching; approach

Hypernyms ("approach" is a kind of...):

motion; movement (a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something)


Sense 6approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

feeler; overture; advance; approach

Context example:

she rejected his advances

Hypernyms ("approach" is a kind of...):

proffer; proposition; suggestion (a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection)


Sense 7approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The temporal property of becoming nearer in time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

approaching; coming; approach

Context example:

the approach of winter

Hypernyms ("approach" is a kind of...):

timing (the time when something happens)


Sense 8approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A close approximation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

the nearest approach to genius

Hypernyms ("approach" is a kind of...):

similarity (the quality of being similar)


Sense 9approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

approach shot; approach

Context example:

he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green

Hypernyms ("approach" is a kind of...):

golf shot; golf stroke; swing (the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "approach"):

chip; chip shot (a low running approach shot)

pitch; pitch shot (a high approach shot in golf)


APPROACH (verb)


Sense 1approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move towards

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

approach; near; draw near; draw close; come on; come near; go up

Context examples:

We were approaching our destination / They are drawing near / The enemy army came nearer and nearer

Hypernyms (to "approach" is one way to...):

come; come up (move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody)

"Approach" entails doing...:

advance; go on; march on; move on; pass on; progress (move forward, also in the metaphorical sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "approach"):

drive up (approach while driving)

bear down on; bear down upon (sail towards another vessel, of a ship)

edge in; edge up (push one's way into (a space))

close (draw near)

crowd; push (approach a certain age or speed)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue approach


Sense 2approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

border on; approach

Context examples:

This borders on discrimination! / His playing approaches that of Horowitz

Hypernyms (to "approach" is one way to...):

approximate; come close (be close or similar)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "approach"):

converge (approach a limit as the number of terms increases without limit)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Begin to deal with

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

go about; set about; approach

Context examples:

approach a task / go about a difficult problem / approach a new project

Hypernyms (to "approach" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "approach"):

confront; face; face up (deal with (something unpleasant) head on)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Sense 4approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come near in time

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

come near; approach

Context examples:

Winter is approaching / approaching old age

Hypernyms (to "approach" is one way to...):

come; come up (move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "approach"):

get on (grow late or (of time) elapse)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 5approach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters

Hypernyms (to "approach" is one way to...):

accost; address; come up to (speak to someone)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "approach"):

hit (pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They approach him to write the letter


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