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approach (v.)

c. 1300, "to go or come near" in place; late 14c. "come near in time," also "come near in quality or character, resemble, become similar," from Anglo-French approcher, Old French aprochier "come closer" (12c., Modern French approcher), from Late Latin appropiare, adpropiare "go nearer to," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + Late Latin propiare "come nearer," comparative of Latin prope "near" (see propinquity). Replaced Old English neahlæcan.

approach (n.)

mid-15c., "act of drawing near, arrival," from approach (v.). Meaning "way or means by which something is approached" is from 1630s. Figurative sense of "means of handling a problem, etc." is attested by 1905. Sense of "final stage of an aircraft flight before landing" is by 1930.

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Definitions of approach from WordNet
1
approach (n.)
ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation;
his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons
Synonyms: attack / plan of attack
approach (n.)
the act of drawing spatially closer to something;
the hunter's approach scattered the geese
Synonyms: approaching / coming
approach (n.)
a way of entering or leaving;
Synonyms: access
approach (n.)
the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing;
Synonyms: approach path / glide path / glide slope
approach (n.)
the event of one object coming closer to another;
Synonyms: approaching
approach (n.)
a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others;
Synonyms: overture / advance / feeler
approach (n.)
the temporal property of becoming nearer in time;
the approach of winter
Synonyms: approaching / coming
approach (n.)
a close approximation;
the nearest approach to genius
approach (n.)
a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green;
he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green
Synonyms: approach shot
2
approach (v.)
move towards;
We were approaching our destination
Synonyms: near / come on / go up / draw near / draw close / come near
approach (v.)
come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character;
His playing approaches that of Horowitz
Synonyms: border on
approach (v.)
begin to deal with;
approach a new project
approach a task
Synonyms: set about / go about
approach (v.)
come near in time;
approaching old age
Winter is approaching
Synonyms: come near
approach (v.)
make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion;
I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters
From wordnet.princeton.edu