Quick answer
"Walk up" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "acercarse", and "approach" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "aproximarse". Learn more about the difference between "walk up" and "approach" below.
walk up
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to approach)
a. acercarse
A complete stranger walked up to me and shook my hand.Un total desconocido se me acercó y me dio un apretón de manos.
2. (to climb)
a. subir a pie
There's a cable car that takes you to the top of the mountain, but we decided to walk up.Hay un teleférico que te lleva a la cima de la montaña, pero decidimos subir a pie.
b. subir por la escalera
I live on the third floor, but I always walk up rather than take the elevator.Vivo en el tercer piso, pero siempre subo por la escalera en vez de tomar el ascensor.
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approach(
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to get near)
a. aproximarse
Hurry up! The train is approaching!¡Apúrate, que se aproxima el tren!
The plane is now approaching the boarding gate.El avión se aproxima a la puerta de embarque.
b. acercarse
The worst storm of the winter is approaching.Se acerca la peor tormenta del invierno.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to get near to)
a. acercarse a
My ex approached me in the street.Mi ex se acercó a mí en la calle.
b. aproximarse a
Look, that bear is approaching our tent.Mira, ese oso se aproxima a nuestra tienda de campaña.
3. (to speak to)
a. dirigirse a
You can't approach your boss with that attitude.No puedes dirigirte a tu jefe con esa actitud.
b. abordar
Who was that guy that approached you in the street?¿Quién fue ese hombre que te abordó en la calle?
4. (to tackle)
a. abordar
How we approach the situation will determine our success or failure.Cómo abordamos la situación va a determinar nuestro éxito o fracaso.
5. (to come close to)
a. acercarse a
Bethany is approaching 60 years of age.Bethany se acerca a los 60 años de edad.
b. aproximarse a
The number of students involved is approaching 2000.El número de estudiantes involucrados se aproxima a los 2000.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (imminent arrival)
a. la aproximación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The approach of the storm led to a mass evacuation.La aproximación de la tormenta provocó una evacuación masiva.
7. (method)
a. el enfoque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We reached the same conclusion but with a very different approach.Llegamos a la misma conclusión pero con un enfoque muy diferente.
b. el planteamiento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It's a very novel approach, but I doubt it will work.Es un planteamiento muy original, pero dudo que funcione.
8. (means of entering)
a. el acceso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Traffic is heavy on the approaches to the airport.Hay mucho tráfico en los accesos al aeropuerto.
9. (offer)
a. la propuesta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We have made an approach that we consider fair for both parties.Hemos hecho una propuesta que consideramos justa para ambas partes.
10. (approximation)
a. la aproximación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
With this album, the band makes an approach to true grandeur.Con este disco, el grupo hace una aproximación a la grandeza verdadera.
11. (sport)
a. el golpe de aproximación
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The golfer's approach ended up in the water.El golpe de aproximación del golfista acabó en el agua.
12. (aviation)
a. las maniobras de aproximación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The plane was on its final approach to the airport.El avión realizaba las últimas maniobras de aproximación al aeropuerto.
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