approach

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
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v. t. accost, confront, encounter (See contact); draw near, approach. —n. access, avenue, ingress; bid, offer; fashion, manner, method; nearing, approach. Ant., withdraw, recede.
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Motion toward
Nouns
1. approach, nearing, approximation; imminence; convergence; advent, arrival.
2. (entrance) access, entrance, advent; passage, ingress. See nearness.
3. approachability, accessibility, availability, openness.
Verbs — approach, approximate; near, lower, draw near, come or step up; come to close quarters; move toward, come at; drift; make up to; gain on, pursue, tread on the heels of; hug the shore; loom ahead, impend, stare one in the face (See destiny).
Adjectives
1. approaching, near[ing], approximate; impending, brewing, preparing, forthcoming, oncoming, imminent, destined; on the horizon, on the brink or verge of, in the wind; approachable, accessible, etc.
2. approachable, accessible, available, open.
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(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A means of access]
Syn. path, way, road, passageway; see entrance 2 , road 1 .
2. [Plan of action]
Syn. method, program, procedure, strategy; see method 2 , plan 2 .
3. [The act of coming near or on]
Syn. coming, advance, advent, arrival, access, appearance, oncoming, reaching, landing, approaching, nearing, act of drawing near, coming nearer, accession.
4. [Overture; usually plural ]
Syn. proposal, offer, proposition; see proposal 1 , suggestion 1 .
v.
1. [To approach personally]
Syn. appeal to, apply to, address, speak to, talk to, propose, request, accost, direct oneself to, make advances to, make overtures to, take aside, talk to in private, buttonhole*, corner*, descend on, descend upon*, sound out*.
Ant. avoid*, shun, turn away.
2. [To come near in space]
Syn. near, come near, come nearer, go toward, move toward, drift toward, come up to, step up to, roll up to, advance, loom up, creep up, drive up, verge upon, draw near, go near, converge on, advance on, gain on, come into sight, progress, close in, surround, come forward, come closer, catch up to, overtake, bear down on, edge up to, ease up to, head into.
Ant. leave*, recede, depart.
3. [To come near in time]
Syn. be imminent, be forthcoming, threaten, slip by, loom (up), await, near, draw near, impend, diminish, decrease, grow short, stare one in the face*, be around the corner*.
Ant. recede, extend, stretch out.
4. [To approximate]
Syn. come close to, approximate, compare; see equal , resemble .
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
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n.
1. method procedure, modus operandi, way, course.
2. coming near advance, drawing near.
3. access way, entry, passage, course, drive, route, road, pathway.
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v.
1. near come, draw near, close in, advance, loom, gain on, converge.
2. approximate compare, come close, near, resemble, match up to, be like, equal.
3. propose recommend, make overtures to, offer, bring up, suggest, present.
4. set about start, begin, get the ball rolling, tackle.
ANT.: 1. withdraw, depart. 4. finish up, conclude, close
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To come near in space or time: near. Idioms: come close to, draw near to. See APPROACH. 2. To come near, as in quality or amount: approximate, border on (or upon), challenge, rival, verge on. See SAME. 3. To bring an appeal or request, for example, to the attention of: address, appeal, apply, petition. Obsolete: sue. See REQUEST. 4. To go about the initial step in doing (something): begin, commence, embark, enter, get off, inaugurate, initiate, institute, launch, lead off, open, set about, set out, set to, start, take on, take up, undertake. Informal: kick off. Idioms: get cracking, get going, get the show on the road. See START. II noun 1. The act or fact of coming near: coming, convergence, imminence, nearness. See APPROACH. 2. A method used in dealing with something: attack, course, line, modus operandi, plan, procedure, tack, technique. See MEANS. 3. A preliminary action intended to elicit a favorable response: advance (used in plural), overture. See APPROACH.

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