approach

1. verb /əˈprəʊtʃ/
a) To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.

Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city? —2 Sam. xi. 20.

b) To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.

But exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. —Heb. x. 25.

2. noun /əˈprəʊtʃ/
a) The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.

The approach of summer, says our Lord, is not more surely indicated by the first appearances of spring, than the final destruction of the wicked by the beginnings of vengeance on this impenitent people.

b) An access, or opportunity of drawing near.

The canine, judging from the figures published by M. Lartet seems to be less developed than in the male chimpanzee, gorilla, or orang[,] [i]n which character the fossil, if it belonged to a male, makes a nearer approach to the human type ; but it is one which many of the inferior monkeys also exhibit, and is by no means to be trusted as significant of true affinity, suuposing even the sex of the fossil to be known as being male.


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