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approach
Used In
1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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as in: approached the city Define
to come near or nearer
  • He believed in the principles of Ingsoc, he venerated Big Brother, he rejoiced over victories, he hated heretics, not merely with sincerity but with a sort of restless zeal, an up-to-dateness of information, which the ordinary Party member did not approach.
  • A momentary hush passed over the group of people round the chairs as they saw the black overalls of an Inner Party member approaching.

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  • Winston caught scraps of conversation as he approached.
  • A week had gone by since she had first approached him.
  • He still had not the courage to approach her.
  • If she judged that the coast was clear she would blow her nose when he approached; otherwise he was to walk past her without recognition.
  • There was another spasm in his entrails, the heavy boots were approaching.
  • The boots were approaching again.
  • He approached it, then stopped short.
  • One of them approached with the gin bottle.

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  • As they drifted down the crowded pavements, not quite abreast and never looking at one another, they carried on a curious, intermittent conversation which flicked on and off like the beams of a lighthouse, suddenly nipped into silence by the approach of a Party uniform or the proximity of a telescreen, then taken up again minutes later in the middle of a sentence, then abruptly cut short as they parted at the agreed spot, then continued almost without introduction on the following day.

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  • Winter is approaching.
  • I grew more nervous as the test approached.

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as in: use the best approach Define
a way of doing something; or a rout that leads to a particular place
  • But in matters of vital importance — meaning, in effect, war and police espionage — the empirical approach is still encouraged, or at least tolerated.

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  • Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
  • She always approaches problems in a thoughtful manner.

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as in: approached the city Define
to come near or nearer
as in: use the best approach Define
a way of doing something; or a rout that leads to a particular place
as in: approached her with the proposal Define
to speak with someone about something for the first time -- such as a proposal -- often something discussed in a delicate, tentative way
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