Ap*proach", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Approached; p. pr. & vb. n. Approaching.] [OE. approchen, aprochen, OF. approcher, LL. appropriare, fr. L. ad + propiare to draw near, prope near.]


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.


To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.


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Ap*proach", v. t.


To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance. [Archaic] Boyle.


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.

3. (Mil.)

To take approaches to.


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Ap*proach", n. [Cf. F. approche. See Approach, v. i.]


The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near. "The approach of summer." Horsley.

A nearer approach to the human type.


A access, or opportunity of drawing near.

The approach to kings and principal persons.

3. pl.

Movements to gain favor; advances.


A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access. Macaulay.

5. pl. (Fort.)

The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.

6. (Hort.)

See Approaching.


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Ap*proach", n. (Golf)

A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.


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