approach

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approach is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
approach


Approach is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
approach

Third-person singular
approaches

Past tense
approached

Past participle
approached

Present participle
approaching

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you approach something, you move closer to it.
    We're now approaching the last bus stop. Please move towards the door.
    It's now approaching six o'clock. When you hear the beep, it will be exactly six o'clock.
  2. (transitive) If you approach a problem, or a job you try to deal with it.
    We've got a difficult situation here, and I'm not sure how to approach it.

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Noun[change]

Singular
approach

Plural
approaches

  1. (countable) An approach is a way of doing something.
    We need children and adults to take a proactive approach to reducing gun violence.
    Most students benefit from a hands-on approach to learning.
    He had an innovative approach to solving mechanical problems.
    All of those things together provide a balanced approach that will get the economy this moving again.
    The president appears to have adopted this new approach.
    Research has emphasized a family-based approach to coping with the illness.
    Such programs employ a one-on-one approach where parents work with the doctor.
    But many economists advocate a far simpler approach.
    Private and public schools differ in their approaches to students.
    We found a need for additional study before implementing this approach.
  2. (countable) An approach is movement towards something.
    And he made a cautious approach to the boat.
  3. (countable) An approach is the road or path that leads to a place.
    There were cameras on all approaches to the house.

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