To approach is to get near something. An airplane is cleared for a final approach just as the wheels approach the landing strip.

Approach comes from the Latin word appropriare which means "go nearer to." You can physically approach something, like a waiter going to a table. Or, you can approach a subject, usually one you're a little nervous about — like a new employee might approach her boss about getting a raise. Time can also approach, like winter, midnight, or even old age.

Definitions of approach
  1. verb
    move towards
    “We were approaching our destination”
    synonyms: come near, come on, draw close, draw near, go up, near
    come near
    come near in time
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    drive up
    approach while driving
    bear down on, bear down upon
    sail towards another vessel, of a ship
    edge in, edge up
    push one's way into (a space)
    draw near
    crowd, push
    approach a certain age or speed
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    come, come up
    move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody
  2. verb
    make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion
    “I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters”
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    pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to
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    accost, address, come up to
    speak to someone
  3. noun
    the act of drawing spatially closer to something
    “the hunter's approach scattered the geese”
    synonyms: approaching, coming
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    the act of approaching or entering
    closing, closure
    approaching a particular destination; a coming closer; a narrowing of a gap
    landing approach
    the approach to a landing field by an airplane
    the approach run during which an athlete gathers speed
    back door, backdoor
    a secret or underhand means of access (to a place or a position)
    go-around, overshoot, wave-off
    an approach that fails and gives way to another attempt
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    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  4. noun
    the event of one object coming closer to another
    synonyms: approaching
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    motion, movement
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  5. noun
    a way of entering or leaving
    synonyms: access
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    entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway
    something that provides access (to get in or get out)
    arch, archway
    a passageway under a curved masonry construction
    door, doorway, room access, threshold
    the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close
    an entrance that can be closed by a gate
    hatchway, opening, scuttle
    an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
    the entrance to a coal mine
    a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)
    a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard
    servant's entrance, service door, service entrance
    an entrance intended for the use of servants or for delivery of goods and removal of refuse
    stage door
    an entrance to the backstage area of theater; used by performers and other theater personnel
    an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium
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    any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
  6. noun
    the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
    synonyms: approach path, glide path, glide slope
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    air lane, airway, flight path, skyway
    a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another
  7. noun
    a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
    “he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green”
    synonyms: approach shot
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    chip, chip shot
    (golf) a low running approach shot
    pitch, pitch shot
    a high approach shot in golf
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    golf shot, golf stroke, swing
    the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
  8. verb
    come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
    “His playing approaches that of Horowitz”
    synonyms: border on
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    approach a limit as the number of terms increases without limit
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    approximate, come close
    be close or similar
  9. noun
    a close approximation
    “the nearest approach to genius”
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    the quality of being similar
  10. verb
    begin to deal with
    approach a task”
    approach a new project”
    synonyms: go about, set about
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    confront, face, face up
    deal with (something unpleasant) head on
    tackle, take on, undertake
    accept as a challenge
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  11. noun
    ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
    “his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons”
    synonyms: attack, plan of attack
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    a line of approach
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    conceptualisation, conceptualization, formulation
    inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally
  12. noun
    a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    synonyms: advance, feeler, overture
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    proffer, proposition, suggestion
    a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
  13. verb
    come near in time
    “Winter is approaching
    approaching old age”
    synonyms: come near
    come near, come on, draw close, draw near, go up, near
    move towards
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    get on
    grow late or (of time) elapse
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    come, come up
    move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody
  14. noun
    the temporal property of becoming nearer in time
    “the approach of winter”
    synonyms: approaching, coming
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    the time when something happens
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