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as in: approached the city Define
to come near or nearer
  • Winter is approaching.
  • I grew more nervous as the test approached.

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  • He believed in the principles of Ingsoc, he venerated Big Brother, he rejoiced over victories, he hated heretics, not merely with sincerity but with a sort of restless zeal, an up-to-dateness of information, which the ordinary Party member did not approach.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • His twelfth birthday was approaching.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The thing approached the proportions of a scandal — then died away.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • When we slowed to a walk at the edge of the schoolyard, Jem was careful to explain that during school hours I was not to bother him, I was not to approach him with requests to enact a chapter of Tarzan and the Ant Men, to embarrass him with references to his private life, or tag along behind him at recess and noon.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • We have never been there above once since the new approach was made; but still I have no doubt that James will take you very safely.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I fall into a doze and do not at first realise that evening is approaching.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • "My good Horse," said the Hermit, who had approached them unnoticed because his bare feet made so little noise on that sweet, dewy grass.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Other soldiers approached his table at mess and asked permission to sit down.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game

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  • I was fast approaching manhood, and year after year had passed, and I was still a slave.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • PROCTOR, familiarly, with warmth, although he knows he is approaching the edge of Giles’ tolerance with this: Is it the Devil’s fault that a man cannot say you good morning without you clap him for defamation?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • He was about to retool and try a different approach when his phone rang.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • When Peter turned and saw Cole approaching, he turned away.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Trying a new approach, he grabbed Alby’s arms again and started dragging him along the ground.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • We can understand the emotions generated by Northern Ireland’s troubles, but we cannot really believe, as we approach the 21st century, there is not a better way forward to the future than murder, terrorism and sectarian hatred.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • Caught in what would later be called the jet stream, the planes were streaking along at speeds approaching 445 miles per hour, almost 100 miles per hour faster than they were built to fly.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • A momentary hush passed over the group of people round the chairs as they saw the black overalls of an Inner Party member approaching.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Winston caught scraps of conversation as he approached.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Clover was a stout motherly mare approaching middle life, who had never quite got her figure back after her fourth foal.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • As the human beings approached the farm buildings, Snowball launched his first attack.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The cottage, as he approached it, showed no light.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • A voice over the speaker told them they were approaching the school; it took twenty minutes to decelerate and dock.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I could have drawn my gun, thought Ender, as the enemy approached the door.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I could not approach her as I was accustomed to approach other white ladies.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • ABIGAIL, with alarm, as she cautiously approaches Betty: What ails you, Betty?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • "I’m not afraid of anything," Cole boasted, standing and approaching the table.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • 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.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I could not approach her as I was accustomed to approach other white ladies.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • 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.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • ...and when we approached Mrs. Dubose’s house my baton was grimy from having picked it up out of the dirt so many times.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He seldom approached the spot where we were at work openly, if he could do it secretly.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • THE SPIRIT BEAR approached Cole with a slow lazy stride, its head held low.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • A week had gone by since she had first approached him.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He still had not the courage to approach her.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • ELIZABETH, hurriedly, as Proctor approaches: Mary, promise now you’ll stay at home—
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • As loud voices approached the dock and a plane droned overhead circling to land, Cole watched the white patch of hair.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • They had just finished singing it for the third time when Squealer, attended by two dogs, approached them with the air of having something important to say.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • If she judged that the coast was clear she would blow her nose when he approached; otherwise he was to walk past her without recognition.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Long before day we were up, our horses fed, and by the first approach of day we were off to the field with our hoes and ploughing teams.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He kept eyeing the trees as the boat approached the shore.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Dawn approaches without anything happening—only the everlasting, nerve-wracking roll behind the enemy lines, trains, trains, lorries, lorries; but what are they concentrating?
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • As they approached, he turned and pointed.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • We were often in the field from the first approach of day till its last lingering ray had left us; and at saving-fodder time, midnight often caught us in the field binding blades.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • It was summertime, and two children scampered down the sidewalk toward a man approaching in the distance.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And at once it jumped down inside the wall and began approaching Bree from behind.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • There was another spasm in his entrails, the heavy boots were approaching.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Every starship, with cruisers and fighters tucked into its belly, is out there approaching the buggers.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Approaching the flames, then fading away into the dark, he appeared and disappeared.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • The boots were approaching again.
    George Orwell  --  1984
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as in: use the best approach Define
a way of doing something; or a rout that leads to a particular place
  • Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
  • She always approaches problems in a thoughtful manner.

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  • The approach to the cabin was covered with snow.
  • But in matters of vital importance — meaning, in effect, war and police espionage — the empirical approach is still encouraged, or at least tolerated.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Sentinels were placed at all the approaches to the farm.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • He hoped to prove that science and religion are two totally compatible fields-two different approaches to finding the same truth.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • If that had been a good army, C toon, your approach was so slow they would have had you from the flanks before you got into good position.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Snape, meanwhile, seemed to have decided to act as though Harry were invisible. ... In fact, compared to what he usually had to endure from Snape in the way of taunts and snide remarks, he found the new approach something of an improvement, and was pleased to find that when left well alone, he was able to concoct an Invigoration Draught quite easily.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • "Dr. Hammond," my mom said, and this time, Whitney rolled her eyes at his name, "says that this woman, Moira Bell, has had great success with many of his patients because she takes a different approach."
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Unable to choose between the two approaches, I decided to try both.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma

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  • When she had registered with the Immigration and Naturalization Service upon filing her green card application, Luma had been fingerprinted; her fingers were placed on an ink pad and carefully rolled over the card beneath. The woman at the Walton County jail had a different approach; she grabbed Luma’s hand, inked her fingertips, and then slammed her hand down on the counter.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • That week I took a different approach. I did everything I could to conserve my energy, to save every ounce of strength for the game.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • We have had different approaches to agriculture, to monetary union, to defence.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • When he saw the trouble they were having staying in business, he decided to try a different approach.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
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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
  • They approached her about becoming a member of the committee.
  • I approached three bankers about a loan and all said "No."

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  • For one thing he mightn’t what you call jump at the idea, if approached, and what mostly worried him was he didn’t know how to lead up to it or word it exactly,
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Teabing had approached the BBC with a proposal for a historical documentary in which he would expose the explosive history of the Holy Grail to a mainstream television audience.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
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  • ’Who is that?’ he asked, hearing some one approaching the stairs’-foot.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The business of eating being concluded, and no one uttering a word of sociable conversation, I approached a window to examine the weather.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • The road ran by the side of the lake, which became narrower as I approached my native town.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Even with those aids, I might not have come to myself as soon as I did, but that I saw Estella approaching with the keys, to let me out.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The ruddy young man approached.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The approaches to the monorail station were black with the ant-like pullulation of lower-caste activity.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Outside, a man walking along the edge of the highway crossed over and approached the truck.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Only the unbalanced sky showed the approach of dawn, no horizon to the west, and a line to the east.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Ralph had been deceived before now by the specious appearance of depth in a beach pool and he approached this one preparing to be disappointed.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The sound of the approaching grain teams was louder, thud of big hooves on hard ground, drag of brakes and the jingle of trace chains.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men

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  • Slowly, like a terrier who doesn’t want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Her glass of water from the kitchen tap when she had approached the sacrament.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Over against Dame gate Tom Rochford and Nosey Flynn watched the approach of the cavalcade.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "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.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The remembrance of her father never approaches her heart but the tyranny of her sorrows takes all livelihood from her cheek.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • You have seen and prov’d a fairer former fortune Than that which is to approach.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Now bind my brows with iron; and approach The ragged’st hour that time and spite dare bring To frown upon the enraged Northumberland!
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • SECOND FAIRY Weaving spiders, come not here; Hence, you long-legg’d spinners, hence; Beetles black, approach not near; Worm nor snail do no offence.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Approach, my Ariel; Come!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Someone else was approaching.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Suddenly Gania approached our hero who was at the moment standing over Nastasia Philipovna’s portrait, gazing at it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The guard’s words roused him, and forced him to think of his mother and his approaching meeting with her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • "Why, it’s actually you, Levin, at last!" he said with a friendly mocking smile, scanning Levin as he approached.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Rows of carriages, sledges, drivers, and policemen were standing in the approach.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It was the voice of Scrooge’s nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • WITHOUT A POSSIBILITY OF EVER APPROACHING NEARER.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • We approached it by degrees, and got, in due time, to the inn in the Whitechapel district, for which we were bound.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • An unhappy culprit, found guilty of imperfect exercise, approaches at his command.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • When I had been sitting there for five or ten minutes I saw Mahony’s grey suit approaching.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I also approached and read: July 1st, 1895 The Rev. James Flynn (formerly of S. Catherine’s Church, Meath Street), aged sixty-five years.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He approached the gate of the meadow.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Here he ensconced himself, and peeped through the loophole in the direction of the rider’s approach.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • As I approached the glow from the dark I found myself at the back of two men, talking.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Only the gloom to the west, brooding over the upper reaches, became more somber every minute, as if angered by the approach of the sun.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The approach now, is one of the finest things in the country: you see the house in the most surprising manner.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Another day came, and Nicholas was scarcely awake when he heard the wheels of a chaise approaching the house.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • ’Nobody shall go near her,’ said the man, starting fiercely up, as the undertaker approached the recess.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ’So are the coffins,’ replied the beadle: with precisely as near an approach to a laugh as a great official ought to indulge in.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Lady Russell had little taste for wit, and of anything approaching to imprudence a horror.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could hardly wander.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • But it had not approached the body?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "Yes, and you done more than that," said Injun Joe, approaching the doctor, who was now standing.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • When the young man on board saw this person approach, he left his station by the pilot, and, hat in hand, leaned over the ship’s bulwarks.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But he made straight for the door, crossing the roadway to save time; and as he came, he drew a key from his pocket like one approaching home.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • He gave his friend a few seconds to recover his composure, and then approached the question he had come to put.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • ’Then I heard voices approaching me.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • It was, however, still so hot from its flight through the air as to forbid his near approach.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • There was a certain triteness in these reflections: they were those habitual to young men on the approach of their wedding day.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The loud drawn out scream of an approaching train was heard.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • By the time they arrived at the house Matthew was shrinking from the approaching revelation with an energy he did not understand.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
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