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Harry Potter (#7) and the Deathly Hallows
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  • We are most honored at the approaching union of our two families!
  • "He only approached Slughorn to find out what would happen if you split your soul into seven," said Harry.

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  • Gravel crackled beneath their feet as Snape and Yaxley sped toward the front door, which swung inward at their approach, though nobody had visibly opened it.
  • Charlie approached, running his hand slightly ruefully over his new, brutally short haircut.
  • I had contracted dragon pox shortly before arriving at school, and while I was no longer contagious, my pock-marked visage and greenish hue did not encourage many to approach me.
  • Harry looked around the room for likely hiding places and approached the desk.
  • He approached one of them, then saw the whiteness of his own long-fingered hand against the door.
  • Harry approached him.
  • Your death approaches!
  • Exotic flowers and bewitched birds fluttered on the witches’ hats, while precious gems glittered from many of the wizards’ cravats; a hum of excited chatter grew louder and louder, drowning the sound of the bees as the crowd approached the tent.

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  • Harry did not need to kneel or even approach very close to it to make out the words engraved upon it.
  • "I knew you weren’t dead!" bellowed Ron, drowning her voice for the first time, and approaching as close as he could with the Shield Charm between them.
  • He ran back down the steps, stuffing the Invisibility Cloak into his back, and approached Mrs. Cattermole.
  • They managed to get up the stone stops without being intercepted, but as they approached the lifts Harry started to have misgivings.
  • The singing grew louder as they approached the church.
  • Many voices inside it were now singing the carol that they had heard as they approached the church.
  • He hoisted it onto his own back and walked back to Ron, who clambered to his feet as Harry approached, eyes bloodshot but otherwise com-posed.
  • Hermione did not deign to respond, but approached Harry.
  • He resolved not to speak, for his voice was sure to give him away; yet he still avoided eye contact with Draco as the latter approached.
  • The first sound of their approach was an unusually high-pitched laugh, which turned out to be coming from Mr. Weasley, who appeared at the gate moments later, laden with luggage and leading a beautiful blonde woman in long, leaf green robes, who could be Fleur’s mother.
  • He gave a start: Ba-thilda had moved close to him in those few seconds of darkness, and he had not heard her approach.
  • Deeper and deeper into the forest she led him, and Harry walked quickly, sure that when she stopped, she would allow him to approach her properly.
  • She waved her wand, and the werewolf sprang to his feet, but appeared too wary to approach her.
  • While he tried to decide on the best way to approach his request, the goblin broke the silence.
  • "You just need to practice," said Hermione, who had approached them noiselessly from behind and had stood watching anxiously as Harry tried to enlarge and reduce the spider.
  • "A new wand?" said Travers, approaching the counter again; still the goblins all around were watching.
  • They were truly trapped now: There was no way out except through the door, and a horde of goblins seemed to be approaching on the other side.
  • "Professor," Harry said, approaching the little Charms master.
  • The old goblin behind the counter clapped his hands and a younger goblin approached.
  • Harry approached him looking up into the face: trying to see past the long, stringy, wire-gray hair beard.
  • At last he cleared his throat, got to his feet, walked around the little table, and approached the portrait of Ariana.
  • He approached the portrait of Dum-bledore and pulled at its side.
  • The five Potters approached the barrier.
  • Harry saw Hermione approach Ginny, whose face was swollen and blotchy, and hug her.
  • Small and fragile and wounded though it was, he did not want to approach it.
  • Nobody approached Harry, but he felt their concentrated gaze; it seemed to press him harder into the ground, and he was terrified a finger or an eyelid might twitch.
  • Several times they stopped talking abruptly when Harry entered the tent, and twice he came accidentally upon them, huddled a little distance away, heads together and talking fast; both times they fell silent when they realized he was approaching them and hastened to appear busy collecting wood or water.
  • He expected to encounter an obstacle at any moment; his worst fear was Peeves, and he strained his ears with every step to hear the first, telltale signs of the poltergeist’s approach.
  • He did not know why he was doing it, why he was approaching the dying man: he did not know what he felt as he saw Snape’s white face, and the fingers trying to staunch the bloody wound at his neck.
  • He could only lie there, with his heart thumping traitorously, and wait to be examined, but at the same time nothing, small comfort through it was, that Voldemort was wary of approaching him, that Voldemort suspected that all had not gone to plan….
  • Together, he and Hermione started to read: Now approaching his eighteenth birthday, Dumbledore left Hogwarts in a blaze of glory — Head Boy, Prefect, Winner of the Barnabus Finkley Prize for Exceptional Spell-Casting, British Youth Representative to the Wizengamot, Gold Medal-Winner for Ground-Breaking Contribution to the International Alchemical Con-ference in Cairo.
  • Oh, good, you’ve fed the chickens," she called as she approached them.
  • …toward them, sucking their way closer to Harry’s despair, which was like a promise of a feast… He saw Ron’s silver terrier burst into the air, flicker feebly, and expire; he saw Hermione’s otter twist in midair and fade, and his own wand trembled in his hand, and he almost welcomed the oncoming oblivion, the promise of nothing, of no feeling… And then a silver hare, a boar, and fox soared past Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s heads: the dementors fell back before the creatures’ approach.
  • I’m going to miss you, Mr. Ollivander," said Luna, approaching the old man.
  • Mrs. Weasley shouted at her daughter as Harry approached "I won’t permit it!

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To see samples from other sources, click a word sense below:
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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