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  • He saw his own legs approaching him in the side of the massive mahogany desk.
  • Howard Roark was sitting on the porch steps when Keating approached the house.

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  • This was not the elaborate approach he had prepared, but he had not expected to find that no approach would be necessary.
  • This is the time to merge his self in a great current, in the rising tide which is approaching to sweep us all, willing or unwilling, into the future.
  • He had not approached Roark’s table during the days that followed.
  • This was not the elaborate approach he had prepared, but he had not expected to find that no approach would be necessary.
  • She watched him approaching, looking up at her.
  • When Keating approached Stengel with the suggestion of a proposed luncheon, the man listened to him without a word.
  • The approach will be difficult….
  • Keating had been away for some time when an office boy approached Roark’s table and informed him that Mr. Francon wished to see him in his office.

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  • Snyte waited patiently, pleased, sensing the approach of something he didn’t want to disturb.
  • He approached the reception clerk eagerly.
  • You see, Austen Heller has told me frankly that we’re the third firm he’s approached.
  • As spring approached he knew that his money would not last much longer.
  • He had approached and rejected several of the best architects in town.
  • She saw him from a distance as she approached.
  • She turned to him when he approached.
  • She approached him and stood silently over him.
  • Then she saw the foreman and she motioned for him to approach.
  • The door flew forward as if it had opened of itself to the approach of a man before whom all doors were to open in such manner.
  • No one can approach her.
  • There are, however, occasions when we are forced to acknowledge the promise of an approach—brilliantly close—to what we designate loosely by the term of greatness.
  • Then he approached.
  • ON A DAY in October, when the Heller house was nearing completion, a lanky young man in overalls stepped out of a small group that stood watching the house from the road and approached Roark.
  • When she was on the rocks above him, he raised his head and looked at her; she had not caught him noticing her approach; he looked up as if he expected her to be there, as if he knew she would be back.
  • There were others waiting for the opportunity: Bennett, whom he had been unable to get out of the office; Claude Stengel, who had been doing very well on his own, and had approached Francon with an offer to buy Heyer’s place.
  • She had not heard him approaching, but it would have been unnatural to think of this building without him.
  • He was not easy in his mind about his life, and the uneasiness grew with the years, with the certainty of an approaching end.
  • But you must be careful about approaching him.
  • She looked at them as they approached.
  • He watched the small blurs of traffic signs, low by the side of the road, springing suddenly into life as they approached, spelling out: "Left turn,"
  • They smiled and seemed sincere in their efforts to approach him as a friend, to express appreciation, to display good will and cordial interest.
  • Toohey made no attempt to approach Wynand in any way.
  • "Oh, but that’s not human," said somebody when one of Roark’s draftsmen tried to explain this at home, "such a cold, intellectual approach!"
  • Two wits engaged in a duel, butting each other in the belly with famous spires, great landmarks of the city that greet the ships approaching from across the ocean.
  • When he approached, she made no effort to ignore him; she turned to him, she answered; but the monotonous precision of her answers stopped him, made him helpless, made him leave her in a few moments.
  • When the tracks rang, shuddering, when the white ball of a headlight spurted out of the distance and stood still in the sky, not approaching, only widening, growing in furious speed, he did not move or turn to her.
  • He heard steps approaching blocks away.
  • He heard the sound of a car approaching up the road at the other side.
  • We are approaching a world in which I cannot permit myself to live.
  • When Roark approached the door of what had been the Banner Building, he saw that the sign, the Banner’s masthead, was gone.
  • The man seemed absorbed in the sight and had not heard his approach.
  • Somewhere in this building was its owner, the man who had made him feel his nearest approach to hatred.
  • In a moment she was not conscious of hearing the car’s approach, it was so familiar at this hour, part of the loneliness and privacy outside.
  • Wynand let him cross the room and approach the desk, without a gesture of protest.
  • The nearest approach to it in reality—the man who lives to serve others—is the slave.
  • Then Wynand rose, his hand motioned in simple invitation to the chair beside his desk, Roark approached and sat down, and they did not notice that they had not greeted each other.
  • The light glanced off Toohey’s glasses and Keating could not see his eyes; only two circles filled with a metallic smear, like the dead headlights of a car reflecting the approach of something from a distance.
  • …over the river, as spacious as the spread of water, as open as the gardens, and one had to follow its lines attentively to find the exact steps by which it was tied to the sweep of the gardens, so gradual was the rise of the terraces, the approach to and the full reality of the walls; it seemed only that the trees flowed into the house and through it; it seemed that the house was not a barrier against the sunlight, but a bowl to gather it, to concentrate it into brighter radiance…
  • "Yes," said Fougler, "my approach to its criticism is the same as your approach to its writing.
  • "Yes," said Fougler, "my approach to its criticism is the same as your approach to its writing.

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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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