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Definition 1: the act of drawing spatially closer to something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the hunter's approach scattered the geese

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) the act of changing location from one place to another

"police controlled the motion of the crowd" "the movement of people from the farms to the cities" "his move put him directly in my path"

(... is a kind of approach ) the act of approaching or entering

"he gained access to the building"

(... is a kind of approach ) approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap

"the ship's rapid rate of closing gave them little time to avoid a collision"

(... is a kind of approach ) the approach to a landing field by an airplane

(... is a kind of approach ) the approach run during which an athlete gathers speed

Definition 2: a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green - [noun denoting act]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

(... is a kind of approach ) (golf) a low running approach shot

(... is a kind of approach ) a high approach shot in golf

(approach belongs to category ...) a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes

Definition 3: ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation - [noun denoting act]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally

(... is a kind of approach ) a line of approach

"they explored every avenue they could think of" "it promises to open new avenues to understanding"

Definition 4: a way of entering or leaving - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another

"he said he was looking for the way out"

(... is a kind of approach ) something that provides access (to get in or get out)

"they waited at the entrance to the garden" "beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral"

Definition 5: the temporal property of becoming nearer in time - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the approach of winter

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) the time when something happens

Definition 6: a close approximation - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the nearest approach to genius

(approach is a kind of ...) the quality of being similar

Definition 7: a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she rejected his advances

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

"it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse"

Definition 8: the event of one object coming closer to another - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

Definition 9: the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another

(... is part of approach) the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport

"the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded" "they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"

Definition 10: make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion - [verb of communication]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(approach is a kind of ...) speak to someone

(... is a kind of approach ) pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to

"He tries to hit on women in bars"

Definition 11: move towards - [verb of motion]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody

"He came singing down the road" "Come with me to the Casbah" "come down here!" "come out of the closet!" "come into the room"

(... is a kind of approach ) approach while driving

"The truck entered the driveway and drove up towards the house"

(... is a kind of approach ) sail towards another vessel, of a ship

(... is a kind of approach ) push one's way into (a space)

(... is a kind of approach ) draw near

"The probe closed with the space station"

(... is a kind of approach ) approach a certain age or speed

"She is pushing fifty"

(approach implies ...) move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

"Time marches on"

(approach has a similar meaning as ...) come near in time

"Winter is approaching" "approaching old age"

Definition 12: come near in time - [verb of motion]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Winter is approaching
  • approaching old age

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody

"He came singing down the road" "Come with me to the Casbah" "come down here!" "come out of the closet!" "come into the room"

(... is a kind of approach ) grow late or (of time) elapse

"It is getting on midnight--let's all go to bed!"

(approach has a similar meaning as ...) move towards

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

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of approach ) deal with (something unpleasant) head on

"You must confront your problems" "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"

Definition 14: come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character - [verb of stative]

Samples where approach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for approach in the sense of this definition

(approach is a kind of ...) be close or similar

"Her results approximate my own"

(... is a kind of approach ) approach a limit as the number of terms increases without limit

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