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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • He seemed to hear again Father Zossima’s words, foretelling his approaching end.
  • But this time they approached to receive his blessing.

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  • Her eyes besought him, but she seemed afraid to approach.
  • The monk, as he related afterwards, approached in the utmost apprehension.
  • Besides all this, he noticed at her first words that she was in great excitement, an excitement perhaps quite exceptional and almost approaching ecstasy.
  • As soon as you approached the house, she screamed, fell into hysterics, and insisted on being wheeled back into this room here.
  • But He suddenly approached the old man in silence and softly kissed him on his bloodless aged lips.
  • The train flew on, and only at daybreak, when he was approaching Moscow, he suddenly roused himself from his meditation.
  • Her husband, too, came up and then they all approached me and almost kissed me.
  • Softly and noiselessly, step by step, he approached the window, and raised himself on tiptoe.

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  • He came in timidly, approached with little steps, looking very disheveled and depressed.
  • Two red lights gleamed out of the darkness; the monster roared as it approached.
  • Grushenka was not easily to be approached and except her aged protector there had not been one man who could boast of her favors during those four years.
  • For although those who were gathered about him that last evening realized that his death was approaching, yet it was difficult to imagine that it would come so suddenly.
  • But this time he had specially urgent business, and he foresaw how difficult it would be to approach the subject, yet he was in great haste.
  • I am approaching the sudden catastrophe which was perhaps the final cause of Mitya’s ruin.
  • The usher at once approached him.
  • Strange to say, during those days it never occurred to him to think of the approaching return of the "officer," that is, of the man who had been such a fatal influence in Grushenka’s life, and whose arrival she was expecting with such emotion and dread.
  • My life is ending, I know that well, but every day that is left me I feel how my earthly life is in touch with a new infinite, unknown, that approaching life, the nearness of which sets my soul quivering with rapture, my mind glowing and my heart weeping with joy.
  • Three weeks before his death, feeling the end approaching, he made his sons, their wives and children, come upstairs to him at last and bade them not leave him again.
  • "What will our peasants say now?" said one stout, cross-looking, pock-marked gentleman, a landowner of the neighborhood, approaching a group of gentlemen engaged in conversation.
  • He knew that he was unwell, but he loathed the thought of being ill at that fatal time, at the approaching crisis in his life, when he needed to have all his wits about him, to say what he had to say boldly and resolutely and "to justify himself to himself."
  • It was merely stated that the criminal, whose approaching trial was making such a sensation—retired army captain, an idle swaggerer, and reactionary bully—was continually involved in amorous intrigues, and particularly popular with certain ladies "who were pining in solitude."

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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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