1 way of dealing with sb/sth
ADJ. conventional, orthodox, traditional | alternative, different, fresh, new, novel We need to try alternative approaches to the problem. | cautious, conservative | creative, innovative | flexible | direct, no-nonsense, positive, practical, pragmatic, problem-solving, rational, useful | indirect | formal | informal | right | wrong | analytical, scientific, structured, systematic, theoretical | holistic, integrated | basic, general | objective | simplistic
VERB + APPROACH have Some teachers have a more formal approach to teaching. | adopt, develop, take, try, use We need to adopt a more pragmatic approach. | favour, prefer She favoured the direct approach.
PREP. ~ to I liked her approach to the problem
2 act of coming nearer
VERB + APPROACH make The aircraft had to make a steep approach to the landing strip.
PREP. at the ~ of The children fell silent at the approach of their teacher. | with the ~ of The weather turned colder with the approach of autumn. | ~ to The plane crashed during its approach to the runway.
3 discussion with sb in order to ask them for sth
VERB + APPROACH make | have, receive
PREP. ~ from We've received an approach from the director of a rival firm. | ~ to We'll have to make an approach to the managing director.
1 come nearer
ADV. slowly | cautiously, warily, with caution
PREP. from The army approached from the south.
2 come nearer in time
ADV. fast, rapidly The time is fast approaching when we will have to replace these old machines.
3 speak to sb, usually to ask for sth
ADV. directly It's best to approach her directly.
VERB + APPROACH be easy to | be difficult to She found her father difficult to approach.
PREP. about Have you approached John about doing a concert? | for I approached the bank for a loan.
4 come close in amount/quality/style
ADV. closely Here Wordsworth's verse movement closely approaches that of Gray. | not nearly, not remotely There is no other player even remotely approaching her calibre.