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approach

verb uk   /əˈprəʊtʃ/  us   /-ˈproʊtʃ/

approach verb (COME NEAR)

B1 [I or T] to come near or nearer to something or someone in space, time, quality, or amount: We could just see the train approaching in the distance. If you look out of the window on the left, you'll see that we're now approaching the Eiffel Tower. I see it's approaching lunchtime, so let's take a break. In my opinion, no other composers even begin to approach (= come near in quality to) Mozart. The total amount raised so far is approaching (= almost) $1,000. He's very active for a man approaching 80 (= who is almost 80 years old).
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approach verb (DEAL WITH)

B2 [T] to deal with something: I'm not sure how to approach the problem.
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approach verb (COMMUNICATE)

[T] to speak to, write to, or visit someone in order to do something such as make a request or business agreement: We've just approached the bank for/about a loan. She's been approached by a modelling agency.
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approach

noun uk   /əˈprəʊtʃ/  us   /-ˈproʊtʃ/

approach noun (DEALING WITH)

B2 [C] a way of considering or doing something: Since our research so far has not produced any answers to this problem, we need to adopt a different approach to it. I've just read an interesting book which has a new approach to Shakespeare. Michael is always very logical in his approach.
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approach noun (COMING NEAR)

B2 [C or U] the fact of getting nearer in distance or time: The siren signalled the approach of an ambulance. Many kinds of birds fly south at the approach of winter. Please fasten your seat belts, the plane is now making its final approach (in)to (= is coming near to and preparing to land at) Heathrow. a route that leads to a place: There is a very steep approach to the house.UK We got stuck in a traffic jam on the approach road.the closest/nearest approach to sth the most similar thing to something else that is mentioned: That's the nearest approach to an apology you're going to get from Paula.

approach noun (COMMUNICATION)

[C] an act of communicating with another person or group in order to ask for something: The hospital is making approaches to local businesses (= asking them to help) in their bid to raise money. I hear that Everton have made an approach to (= an attempt to make a business arrangement with) Arsenal to buy one of their players.
(Definition of approach from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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