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definition of the word approach

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From Middle English approchen, aprochen, Old French approcher, Late Latin appropriare, from Latin ad + propiare (to draw near, prope near).

Infinitive
to approach

Third person singular
approaches

Simple past
approached

Past participle
approached

Present participle
approaching

to approach (third-person singular simple present approaches, present participle approaching, simple past and past participle approached)

  1. (intransitive) To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
    Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city? —2 Sam. xi. 20.
    But exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. —Heb. x. 25.
  2. (intransitive) To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.
    as he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.
  3. (transitive) To come near to in place, time, or character; to draw nearer to; as, to approach the city; to approach my cabin; he approached the age of manhood.
    He was an admirable poet, and thought even to have approached Homer. --Temple.
  4. (transitive, military) To take approaches to.

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