(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. advance, approach, proposal, bid; prelude, preliminary, introduction. See offer, precedence.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Preliminary negotiations; sometimes plural ]
Syn. approach, advance, tender, offer; see suggestion 1 .
2. [A musical introduction]
Syn. prelude, prologue, Vorspiel (German), voluntary, proem, preface; see also introduction 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
proposal, offer, introduction, opening, bid, tender, presentation, suggestion, approach.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A short section of preliminary remarks: foreword, induction, introduction, lead-in, preamble, preface, prelude, prolegomenon, pro-logue.See START, WORDS. 2. A preliminary action intended to elicit a favorable response: advance (used in plural), approach. See APPROACH.

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