1. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near. "The approach of summer." "A nearer approach to the human type." (Owen)

2. A access, or opportunity of drawing near. "The approach to kings and principal persons." (Bacon)

3. Movements to gain favor; advances.

4. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.

5. The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.

6. <botany> See Approaching.

Origin: Cf. F. Approche. See Approach.

(01 Mar 1998)