approach

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a way of achieving or doing something or dealing with a problem

Aviation

  • noun the descent of an aircraft towards the place where it intends to land.
  • verb to move nearer in place or time to something
  • verb to have a particular mental attitude towards something
  • verb to speak to or get in touch with somebody
  • acronymAPP

Commerce

  • noun an act of getting in touch with someone with a proposal
  • verb to get in touch with someone with a proposal

Cricket

  • noun the way the bowler runs towards the wicket prior to delivering the ball; run-up
    Citation ‘He was back, with a beautifully-controlled nineteen pace approach’ (David Frith, The fast Men)

Medical

  • noun a method used by a surgeon when carrying out an operation

Military

  • noun a route towards a specific location

Sports

  • noun in golf, a shot made from the fairway towards a green
  • verb in golf, to make a shot from the fairway towards a green
  • verb in tennis, to come in towards the net

Origin & History of “approach”

Approach is etymologically connected with propinquity ‘nearness’; they both go back ultimately to Latin prope ‘near’. Propinquity (14th c.) comes from a derived Latin adjective propinquus ‘neighbouring’, while approach is based on the comparative form propius ‘nearer’. From this was formed the late Latin verb appropiāre ‘go nearer to’, which came to English via Old French aprochier. Latin prope, incidentally, may be connected in some way with the preposition prō (a relative of English for), and a hypothetical variant of it, *proqe, may be the source, via its superlative proximus, of English proximity and approximate.
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