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approach
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The Great Gatsby
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as in: approached the city Define
to come near or nearer
  • The thing approached the proportions of a scandal — then died away.
  • One of the three shops it contained was for rent and another was an all-night restaurant, approached by a trail of ashes; the third was a garage — repairs.

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  • He was saying some last word to her, but the eagerness in his manner tightened abruptly into formality as several people approached him to say good-by.

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

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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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