Academic word list: approach and area
Meaning: come near or nearer to
Approach can be used both transitively and intransitively.
- The rainy season is approaching. (Intransitive)
- He is approaching manhood. (Transitive)
- We were approaching our destination.
Approach can also mean ‘go to somebody with a request or offer’.
- I have approached my boss for higher pay.
- He approached me with a strange demand.
As a noun approach means ‘the act of approaching’. It can also mean ‘way to a place, person or thing’.
- The approaches to the building were all guarded by soldiers.
- He takes a strange approach to every problem.
- The stranger’s approach frightened the boys.
Complete the following sentences using appropriate forms of approach.
1. There is no easy ————————- to the terrace.
2. The winter is ————————–
3. I was ————————- by him to serve as his secretary.
4. She ————————- me with a warm smile.
1. There is no easy approach to the terrace.
2. The winter is approaching.
3. I was approached by him to serve as his secretary.
4. She approached me with a warm smile.
An area is a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary. It is usually distinguished by its nature or geography.
- It was a mountainous area.
- Molecular biology is his area of specialization.
- The desert areas of North Africa are nearly inhabitable.
- The plot has an area of two hundred square feet.
- He has bought a field ten acres in area.