AskDefine | Define approaching

Dictionary Definition

approaching adj : of the relatively near future; "the approaching election"; "this coming Thursday"; "the forthcoming holidays"; "the upcoming spring fashions" [syn: coming(a), forthcoming, upcoming]

Noun

1 the event of one object coming closer to another [syn: approach]
2 the temporal property of becoming nearer in time; "the approach of winter" [syn: approach, coming]
3 the act of drawing spatially closer to something; "the hunter's approach scattered the geese" [syn: approach, coming]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. That approaches or approach.
    the approaching armies

Translations

that approaches or approach

Verb

approaching
  1. present participle of approach
    The army was approaching from the north.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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