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English definition of “approach”

approach

verb [I or T] (COME NEAR)    /əˈprəʊtʃ/ US  /-ˈproʊtʃ/
B1 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 of the bus, you'll see that we're now approaching the Tower of London. 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).Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happenAdvancing and moving forward
(Definition of approach verb (COME NEAR) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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