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approach
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Jane Eyre
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  • "I want you to come here;" and seating himself in an arm-chair, he intimated by a gesture that I was to approach and stand before him.
  • The din was on the causeway: a horse was coming; the windings of the lane yet hid it, but it approached.

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  • Miss Miller approaching, seemed to ask her a question, and having received her answer, went back to her place, and said aloud — "Monitor of the first class, fetch the globes!"
  • She approached.
  • A dream had scarcely approached my ear, when it fled affrighted, scared by a marrow-freezing incident enough.
  • "Approach the table," said he; and I wheeled it to his couch.
  • It was three o’clock; the church bell tolled as I passed under the belfry: the charm of the hour lay in its approaching dimness, in the low-gliding and pale-beaming sun.
  • While sobbing out this wish in broken accents, some one approached: I started up — again Helen Burns was near me; the fading fires just showed her coming up the long, vacant room; she brought my coffee and bread.
  • Mr. Rochester must have been aware of the entrance of Mrs. Fairfax and myself; but it appeared he was not in the mood to notice us, for he never lifted his head as we approached.
  • Mrs. Reed occupied her usual seat by the fireside; she made a signal to me to approach; I did so, and she introduced me to the stony stranger with the words: "This is the little girl respecting whom I applied to you."

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  • It wanted but a few minutes of six, and shortly after that hour had struck, the distant roll of wheels announced the coming coach; I went to the door and watched its lamps approach rapidly through the gloom.
  • Some heavy clouds, swept from the sky by a rising wind, had left the moon bare; and her light, streaming in through a window near, shone full both on us and on the approaching figure, which we at once recognised as Miss Temple.
  • "Evening approaches," said I, as I looked towards the window.
  • A post-chaise was approaching.
  • He still waited; he held a key in his hand: approaching one of the small, black doors, he put it in the lock; he paused, and addressed me again.
  • The candle, wasted at last, went out; as it expired, I perceived streaks of grey light edging the window curtains: dawn was then approaching.
  • We were now approaching Thornfield.
  • It drew aside the window-curtain and looked out; perhaps it saw dawn approaching, for, taking the candle, it retreated to the door.
  • How near had I approached him at that moment!
  • She approached the basin, and bent over it as if to fill her pitcher; she again lifted it to her head.
  • Chance laid them somewhat apart; let them be once approached and bliss results.
  • Then he approached Mason, whom the surgeon was already handling.
  • I approached him, and said the gentlemen were coming; he nodded: then I looked carefully round and listened.
  • I approached the bed; I opened the curtains and leant over the high-piled pillows.
  • "Is that a portrait of some one you know?" asked Eliza, who had approached me unnoticed.
  • I approached my cheek to her lips: she would not touch it.
  • I started at first, and then I approached him.
  • (he stooped and approached his lips to my ear); "because, if you won’t, I’ll try violence."
  • It was with some trepidation that I perceived the hour approach when I was to repair with my charge to the drawing-room.
  • You are silly, because, suffer as you may, you will not beckon it to approach, nor will you stir one step to meet it where it waits you.
  • Tea ready, I was going to approach the table; but she desired me to sit still, quite in her old peremptory tones.
  • I did not like this iteration of one idea — this strange recurrence of one image, and I grew nervous as bedtime approached and the hour of the vision drew near.
  • Having invited Helen and me to approach the table, and placed before each of us a cup of tea with one delicious but thin morsel of toast, she got up, unlocked a drawer, and taking from it a parcel wrapped in paper, disclosed presently to our eyes a good-sized seed-cake.
  • It required some courage to disturb so interesting a party; my errand, however, was one I could not defer, so I approached the master where he stood at Miss Ingram’s side.
  • As this horse approached, and as I watched for it to appear through the dusk, I remembered certain of Bessie’s tales, wherein figured a North-of-England spirit called a "Gytrash," which, in the form of horse, mule, or large dog, haunted solitary ways, and sometimes came upon belated travellers, as this horse was now coming upon me.
  • Oh, this last hour, approaching in such horror!
  • Approaching the hearth, he asked, "If I was at last satisfied with housemaid’s work?"
  • Jane, I approached the verge of despair; a remnant of self-respect was all that intervened between me and the gulf.
  • Mr. Rivers now closed his book, approached the table, and, as he took a seat, fixed his blue pictorial-looking eyes full on me.
  • Diana and Mary Rivers became more sad and silent as the day approached for leaving their brother and their home.
  • I approached to take it: a welcome gift it was.
  • Then he approached the fire.
  • CHAPTER XXXIV It was near Christmas by the time all was settled: the season of general holiday approached.
  • Summer approached; Diana tried to cheer me: she said I looked ill, and wished to accompany me to the sea-side.
  • He started to his feet and approached me.
  • I went out and approached him as he stood leaning over the little gate; I spoke to the point at once.
  • "I hope we are friends," was the unmoved reply; while he still watched the rising of the moon, which he had been contemplating as I approached.
  • At this moment John approached him from some quarter.
  • I approached him with the now only half-filled glass; Pilot followed me, still excited.
  • Any enjoyment that bordered on riot seemed to approach me to her and her vices, and I eschewed it.
  • What business had I to approach the white door or touch the glittering knocker?
  • Amidst the silence of those solitary roads and desert hills, I heard it approach from a great distance.
  • "I care not in this moment sweet, Though all I have rushed o’er Should come on pinion, strong and fleet, Proclaiming vengeance sore: "Though haughty Hate should strike me down, Right, bar approach to me, And grinding Might, with furious frown, Swear endless enmity.
  • As she said this, she approached her tall person and ample garments so near the window, that I was obliged to bend back almost to the breaking of my spine: in her eagerness she did not observe me at first, but when she did, she curled her lip and moved to another casement.
  • But in his countenance I saw a change: that looked desperate and brooding — that reminded me of some wronged and fettered wild beast or bird, dangerous to approach in his sullen woe.
  • Too often she betrayed this, by the undue vent she gave to a spiteful antipathy she had conceived against little Adele: pushing her away with some contumelious epithet if she happened to approach her; sometimes ordering her from the room, and always treating her with coldness and acrimony.
  • I approached it; it was a road or a track: it led straight up to the light, which now beamed from a sort of knoll, amidst a clump of trees — firs, apparently, from what I could distinguish of the character of their forms and foliage through the gloom.
  • I found or devised something for you three weeks ago; but as you seemed both useful and happy here — as my sisters had evidently become attached to you, and your society gave them unusual pleasure — I deemed it inexpedient to break in on your mutual comfort till their approaching departure from Marsh End should render yours necessary.
  • I am a little deaf," returned the good lady, approaching her ear to my mouth.
  • One morning, being left alone with him a few minutes in the parlour, I ventured to approach the window-recess — which his table, chair, and desk consecrated as a kind of study — and I was going to speak, though not very well knowing in what words to frame my inquiry — for it is at all times difficult to break the ice of reserve glassing over such natures as his — when he saved me the trouble by being the first to commence a dialogue.
  • We saw him approach her; and then, ma’am, she yelled and gave a spring, and the next minute she lay smashed on the pavement."

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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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