approach verb

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.