Difference between Approach and Attack

What is the difference between Approach and Attack?

Approach as a verb is to come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer. while Attack as a verb is to apply violent force to someone or something.


Part of speech: verb

Definition: To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer. To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate. 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. To take approaches to.

Part of speech: noun

Definition: The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near. An access, or opportunity of drawing near. Movements to gain favor; advances. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access. — Thomas Babington Macaulay. A manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made. The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post. A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club. The way a plane lands at an airport. The area before the lane, in which a player may stand or run up before bowling the ball.

Example sentence: Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.


Part of speech: verb

Definition: To apply violent force to someone or something.To aggressively challenge a person, idea, etc., with words (particularly in newspaper headlines, because it typesets into less space than "criticize" or similar).To aim balls at the batsman's wicket.To set a field, or bowl in a manner designed to get wickets.To bat aggressively, so as to score runs quickly.

Part of speech: noun

Definition: An attempt to cause damage or injury to, or to somehow detract from the worth or credibility of, a person, position, idea, object, or thing, by physical, verbal, emotional, or other assault.A time in which one attacks. The offence of a battle.Collectively, the bowlers of a cricket side.Any contact with the ball other than a serve or block which sends the ball across the plane of the net.The three attackmen on the field or all the attackmen of a team.The sudden onset of a disease.The amount of time it takes for the volume of an audio signal to go from zero to maximum level (e.g. an audio waveform representing a snare drum hit would feature a very fast attack, whereas that of a wave washing to shore would feature a slow attack).

Example sentence: The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

We hope you now know whether to use Approach or Attack in your sentence.

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