cleared approach

cleared approach

ATC (air traffic control) authorization for an aircraft to execute any standard or special instrument approach procedure for that airport. Normally, an aircraft will be cleared for a specific instrument approach procedure.

cleared (type of) approach

ATC (air traffic control) authorization for an aircraft to execute a specific instrument approach procedure to an airport (e.g., “Cleared ILS [instrument landing system] Runway One Four Approach”).
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It's likely, however, that the controller intends you to remain at 2000 and says, or should say, "Maintain 2000 until CURLI, cleared approach.
You're expected to maintain the last assigned altitude until you're on the approach, but oftentimes they will even say so, as in, "Maintain 2000 until on a published segment of the approach, cleared approach, Natchez.