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approach
as in:  approached the city


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

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  • 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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