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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

A — 1: Ἐγγίζω (Strong'S #1448 — Verb — engizo — eng-id'-zo )

"to draw near, to approach," from engus, "near," is used (a) of place and position, literally and physically,  Matthew 21:1;  Mark 11:1;  Luke 12:33;  15:25; figuratively, of drawing near to God,  Matthew 15:8;  Hebrews 7:19;  James 4:8; (b) of time, with reference to things that are imminent, as the kingdom of heaven,  Matthew 3:2;  4:17;  10:7; the kingdom of God,  Mark 1:15;  Luke 10:9,11; the time of fruit,  Matthew 21:34; the desolation of Jerusalem,  Luke 21:8; redemption,  Luke 21:28; the fulfillment of a promise,  Acts 7:17; the Day of Christ in contrast to the present night of the world's spiritual darkness,  Romans 13:12;  Hebrews 10:25; the coming of the Lord,  James 5:8; the end of all things,  1—Peter 4:7 . It is also said of one who was drawing near to death,  Philippians 2:30 . See Come , Note (16), Draw , B, No. 1, HAND (at), NIGH.

B — 1: Ἀπρόσιτος (Strong'S #676 — Adjective — aprositos — ap-ros'-ee-tos )

"unapproachable, inaccessible" (a), negative, and an adjective formed from proseimi, "to go to"), is used, in  1—Timothy 6:16 , of the light in which God dwells (AV, "which no man can approach unto;" RV, "unapproachable").

King James Dictionary [2]

Approach The Latin proximus contains the root, but the word, in the positive degree, is not found in the Latin. It is from a root in class Brg, signifying to drive, move, or press toward.

1. To come or go near, in place to draw near to advance nearer.

Wherefore approached ye so nigh the city?  2 Samuel 11 .

2. To draw near in time.

And so much the more as ye see the day approac.  Hebrews 10 .

3. To draw near, in a figurative sense to advance near to a point aimed at, in science, literature, government, morals, &c. to approximate as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman. 4. To draw near in duty, as in prayer or worship.

They take delight in approaching to God.  Isaiah 51 .


1. To come near to as, Pope approaches Virgil in smoothness of versification. This use of the word is elliptical, to being omitted, so that the verb can hardly be said to be transitive. The old use of the word, as "approach the hand to the handle," is not legitimate. 2. To have access carnally.  Leviticus 18 . 3. In gardening, to ingraft a sprig or shoot of one tree into another, without cutting it from the parent stock.


1. The act of drawing near a coming or advancing near as, he was aprised of the enemy's approach. 2. Access as, the approach to kings. 3. In fortification, not only the advances of an army are called approaches, but the works thrown up by the beseigers, to protect them in their advances towards a fortress.

Webster's Dictionary [3]

(1): (n.) A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.

(2): (v. i.) Movements to gain favor; advances.

(3): (v. i.) A access, or opportunity of drawing near.

(4): (v. i.) See Approaching.

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

(6): (v. i.) A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.

(7): (v. i.) To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.

(8): (v. i.) The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.

(9): (v. t.) To take approaches to.

(10): (v. t.) To come near to in place, time, or character; to draw nearer to; as, to approach the city; to approach my cabin; he approached the age of manhood.

(11): (v. t.) To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance.

(12): (v. i.) To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.