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Usage statistics for the noun approach:

spoken English22.27%written English77.73% imaginative writing11.42%informational writing88.58%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun approach:

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The word approach and its family (approachable, approached, approaches, approaching, unapproachable) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun approach

What does approach mean as a name of something?

Approach is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: approaches

  1. ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
  2. the act of drawing spatially closer to something
    • example: the hunter's approach scattered the geese
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of approach: approaching / coming
    • more generic words: motion / move / movement = the act of changing location from one place to another
    • more specific terms:
      • access = the act of approaching or entering
      • closing / closure = approaching a particular destination; a coming closer
      • landing approach = the approach to a landing field by an airplane
      • run-up = the approach run during which an athlete gathers speed
  3. a way of entering or leaving
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of approach: access
    • more generic word: way = any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
    • more specific words: entranceway / entrance / entryway / entree / entry = something that provides access
  4. the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
  5. the event of one object coming closer to another
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of approach: approaching
    • more generic words: motion / movement = a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  6. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
  7. the temporal property of becoming nearer in time
    • example: the approach of winter
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of approach: approaching / coming
    • more generic word: timing = the time when something happens
  8. a close approximation
    • example: the nearest approach to genius
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: similarity = the quality of being similar
  9. a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
    • example: he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green
    • domain: golf / golf game
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of approach: approach shot
    • more generic terms: golf shot / golf stroke / swing = the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun approach


  1. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
  2. An access, or opportunity of drawing near.
  3. [context: used only with the plural 'approaches'] Movements to gain favor; advances.
  4. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access. &mdash.
  5. A manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made.
  6. [context: used only in the plural, fortification] The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.
  7. [golf] A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.
  8. The way an aircraft lands at an airport.
  9. [bowling] The area before the lane, in which a player may stand or run up before bowling the ball.

Specialised definition of the noun approach

Glossary of sports

first movement phase of sport exercises with the purpose of working up a momentum and concentrating force by running. In the approach movement energy is always transferred to a jumping or throwing movement. The approach takes on different forms in the various types of sport; examples are the approach in track and field as the transformation of speed into jump height or length (high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault) or throwing distance (javelin; also in skittles or ninepin and in bowling), in springboard or tower diving the approach as a preliminary movement, in gymnastics the approach to the vault for picking up momentum, or in ski jumping the approach for gaining speed until reaching the takeoff platform. The approach represents a fundamental movement pattern of sport movements. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

a way of dealing with a problem

Glossary of sports / bowling

the movement of the bowler from address to delivery

the area of the lane behind the foul line, which must be at least 15 feet long

Glossary of sports / diving

the steps, usually three or more, taken by a diver before the hurdle and takeoff

Glossary of sports / golf

a stroke when a player puts or attempts to put the ball onto the green (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a shot made from the fairway towards a green

Definition of the verb approach

What does approach mean as a doing word?

Approach is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: approached | approaching | approaches

  1. move towards
  2. come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
    • example: His playing approaches that of Horowitz
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of approach: border on
    • more generic terms: approximate / come close = be close or similar
    • more specific word: converge = approach a limit as the number of terms increases without limit
  3. begin to deal with
  4. come near in time
    • examples: Winter is approaching | approaching old age
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of approach: come near
    • more generic terms: come / come up = move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody
    • more specific term: get on = grow late or (of time) elapse
  5. make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion
    • examples: I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters | They approach him to write the letter
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: accost / address / come up to = speak to someone
    • more specific word: hit = pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to

Alternative definition of the verb approach


  1. [intransitive] To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
  2. [intransitive, figuratively] To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.
  3. [transitive] To come near to in place, time, character, or value; to draw nearer to.
  4. To make an attempt at (solving a problem or making a policy).
  5. To speak to, as to make a request or ask a question.
  6. [transitive, military] To take approaches to.


  1. "Approach" is the Finnish rock band Von Hertzen Brothers's second full length album. The album was released on May 17, 2006 in Finland and went gold. The first single released from the album was "Let Thy Will Be Done" and the second was "Kiss a Wish".
  2. "Approach" is a musical album of Subheim.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  3. "APPROACH" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "APPROACH" is a musical single of Dreams Come True.
    • released on (26 years ago)
  5. "Approach" is a musical single of Tinc.

Phrases with Approach

Phrases starting with the word Approach:

  1. approach path
  2. approach shot
  3. approach trench
  4. approach pattern

Phrases ending with the word Approach:

  1. to approach
  2. Missed approach
  3. landing approach
  4. Seagull Approach
  5. Shotgun Approach
  6. Purposive Approach
  7. Closest Point of Approach
  8. ground-controlled approach
  9. Atkins Nutritional Approach

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Approach

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Google previewModeling Decisions for Artificial Intelligence (2008)

5th International Conference, MDAI 2008, Sabadell, Spain, October 30-31, 2008, Proceedings by Vicenç Torra, Yasuo Narukawa

The advantage ofthis approach is that the computation oftheconsensus degrees issimpleandeasy because it assumed only two possible values: 1iftheopinionsareequal and otherwise a value of 0. However, the drawback ofthis approach is that ...

Google previewVariable Income Equivalence Scales (2004)

An Empirical Approach by Carsten Schröder

The expert approach refers to assessments of household (minimal nutrition) needs by experts.

Google previewReliability Data Banks (2012)

by A. G. Cannon

One such approach is the collection of information only on those components which have been failed.

Google previewSourcebook of Family Theory and Research (2004)

by Vern L. Bengtson, Alan C. Acock, Katherine R. Allen, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, David M. Klein

human ecological approach is a viable method for scholars who seek to understand humans but realize that all individuals are nested...

Google previewCompliance for Coding, Billing & Reimbursement, 2nd Edition (2008)

A Systematic Approach to Developing a Comprehensive Program by Duane C. Abbey

The systems approach is a very powerful tool for CBR compliance personnel. It is an organized,

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling (2016)

by Jon Carlson, Shannon B. Dermer

Hope-Focused Approach to Couple Enrichment in Counseling Hope-Focused Approach to Couple Enrichment in...

John Alie Conteh Portia Allie-Turco The hope-focused approach to marriage enrichment strives to renew marriages that are in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Government and Politics (2004)

by M. E. Hawkesworth, Maurice Kogan

The study of courts may be classified under three main approaches or styles of reasoning: 1 An attribute approach which identifies a formal set of attributes that in one way or another strip down courts to some essential functioning.

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

of the discourse typically involved in performance of target tasks« are collected; the approach is particularly effective for TENOR (Teaching English for No Obvious Reason) programme development ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of North-east India (2004)

The traditional approach was guided by questions relating to the life histories of the parties, members who matter in the party's movement, basic views about political society, programmes and interaction of parties in a country and electoral ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of English Language Studies (2012)

by Michael Pearce

Cultural difference approach 47 of power relations through language; the role played by language in structuring human experience and world-view; language and forms of political, social, economic and environmental change.

Google previewA Cultural Journey through the English Lexicon (2011)

by Roberta Facchinetti

Introduction A recently emerging approach within legal theory proposes to apply evolutionary science methods to law. Whether we agree or not with this proposal, it demonstrates the need for applying an evolving perspective to legal issues.

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Keynesian Economics, Second edition (2013)

by Thomas Cate

Two main approaches have been taken to analyze the dynamics of the BOP position: the Keynesian approach (KA) and the...

As a consequence, this approach emphasizes the trade balance and gives less importance to the capital account in ...

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Usage statistics about approach

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun approach:

spoken English22.27%written English77.73% imaginative writing11.42%informational writing88.58%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun approach:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb approach:


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Quotes about Approach

I think the most important thing I work on is just my mental approach to every day, my mental approach to the game. How to come in each and every day focused, doing what I want to do, I think that's just the biggest issue. (Paul Pierce)
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The value of this 8-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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