definition 1: the act of coming or drawing near.
example: The approach of a fox woke the chickens.
definition 2: means or method of dealing with something.
example: The new principal’s approach to discipline appears to be successful.
example: Since she was failing tests, the teacher suggested she try a different approach to studying.
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the noun approach (definition 2)
approach + PREPOSITION:
- ~ to (e.g, the professor’s approach to teaching, different approaches to the same problem, the playwright’s unique approach to comedy, the researcher’s approach to the analysis of her data)
ADJECTIVE + approach: new ~ , different ~ , innovative ~ , fresh ~ , novel ~ , flexible ~ , positive ~ , alternative ~ , integrated ~ , structured ~ , systematic ~ , traditional ~ , practical ~ , pragmatic ~ , interdisciplinary ~ , common ~ , strategic ~ , collaborative ~ , consistent ~ , clever ~ , proactive ~ , holistic ~ , multidisciplinary ~ , methodological ~ , theoretical ~ , creative ~ , inclusive ~
VERB + approach: have ~ , use ~ , adopt ~ , take ~ (e.g., Our views are not so different, but we take a different approach to finding solutions) , develop ~ (They’ve developed their own approach to teaching basic math), base (e.g., They base their approach to healing on a holistic philosophy), require ~ (e.g., The problem seems to require a fresh approach) , implement ~ , advocate ~ , promote ~, prefer ~ , explore ~ , suggest ~, model (e.g., They model their approach on one recently developed in Europe)
approach + VERB: ~ allows , ~ enables , ~ ensures, ~ involves, ~ uses, ~ requires, ~ fails, ~ succeeds, ~ combines, ~ focuses, ~ assumes, ~ relies, ~ eliminates, ~ suggests