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"approach" in British English

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approachverb

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 ​composersevenbegin to approach (= come near in ​quality to) Mozart. The ​totalamountraised so ​far is approaching (= ​almost) $1,000. He's very ​active for a man approaching 80 (= who is ​almost 80 ​yearsold).

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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 ​businessagreement: We've just approached the ​bank for/about a ​loan. She's been approached by a ​modellingagency.

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approachnoun

uk   /əˈprəʊtʃ/  us   /-ˈproʊtʃ/
  • approach noun (DEALING WITH)

B2 [C] a way of ​considering or doing something: Since ​ourresearch so ​far has not ​produced any ​answers to this ​problem, we need to adopt a different approach to it. I've just ​read an ​interestingbook 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 ​sirensignalled the approach of an ​ambulance. Many ​kinds of ​birdsflysouth at the approach of ​winter. Please ​fastenyourseatbelts, the ​plane is now making ​itsfinal 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 ​trafficjam 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 tolocalbusinesses (= ​asking them to ​help) in ​theirbid to ​raisemoney. I ​hear that Everton have made an approach to (= an ​attempt to make a ​businessarrangement with) Arsenal to ​buy one of ​theirplayers.
(Definition of approach from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"approach" in American English

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approachverb

 us   /əˈproʊtʃ/
  • approach verb (COME NEAR)

[I/T] to come nearer to something or someone: [I] We could ​see the ​train approaching from a ​distance. [I/T] If you approach someone, you ​meet or ​communicatedirectly with that ​person: [T] We approached the ​bankmanager about a ​loan.
  • approach verb (DEAL WITH)

[T] to ​deal with something: We should approach this ​problemlogically.
approach
noun [C]  us   /əˈproʊtʃ/

approachnoun

 us   /əˈproʊtʃ/
  • approach noun (COMING NEAR OR SOON)

[C/U] (of a ​person or ​object) the ​act of coming near to someone or something, or (of an ​event) the ​state of being about to ​happensoon: [U] The approach of ​wintersends many ​birdsflyingsouth.
  • approach noun (DEALING WITH)

[C] a way of ​dealing with something: We need to ​adopt a different approach to the ​problem.
(Definition of approach from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"approach" in Business English

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approachnoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈprəʊtʃ/
a way of doing something: an approach to sth Their ​positive approach to ​absencemanagement played a large ​part in helping the ​organizationreturn to ​profitability.a cautious/hands-on/practical approach He is respected for his ​hands-on approach in ​recruiting and a tireless ​workethic.management/marketing approaches They ​changed their ​marketing approaches to ​include the ​principles and ​practices of ​greenmarketing.
an ​act of communicating with another ​person or ​group in ​order to ​ask for something: The ​company said it has already had several approaches that "may or may not ​lead to an ​offer".receive an approach He had received a very attractive ​job approach to become ​groupchiefexecutive of a ​majorcompany.a bid/takeover approach He ​confirmed that the ​firm had received ​takeover approaches from ​rivalinvestmentbanks.
(Definition of approach from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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