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1  —6 uses as in:
approached the city
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
  • They moved silently back at her approach.
    Chapter 22 (83% in)
approach = coming near
  • Outside, a man walking along the edge of the highway crossed over and approached the truck.
    Chapter 2 (7% in)
  • approached = went near
  • He did not hear Joad approaching, for he was whistling solemnly the tune of "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby."
    Chapter 4 (13% in)
  • approaching = getting near
  • They watched the figure approaching in the evening light, and the dust it raised was reddened by the setting sun.
    Chapter 6 (25% in)
  • approaching = getting nearer
  • Only the unbalanced sky showed the approach of dawn, no horizon to the west, and a line to the east.
    Chapter 8 (1% in)
  • approach = coming
  • She didn't look again, but she was conscious of the approach of the committee.
    Chapter 22 (69% in)
approach = coming
There are no more uses of "approach" flagged with this meaning in The Grapes of Wrath.

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  • Wainwright and Al got to their feet and approached the door.
    Chapter 30 (9% in)
  • The sun cut into the shade of the truck as noon approached.
    Chapter 2 (22% in)
  • A sedan driven by a forty-year-old woman approached.
    Chapter 3 (73% in)
  • And now a light truck approached, and as it came near, the driver saw the turtle and swerved to hit it.
    Chapter 3 (80% in)
  • The approaching man stopped, startled by the call, and then he came on quickly.
    Chapter 6 (25% in)
  • Muley watched the approaching lights.
    Chapter 6 (85% in)
  • One of them, stretching his neck, edged forward, ready to run, and little by little he approached Tom's legs and sniffed loudly at them.
    Chapter 8 (34% in)
  • Then footsteps, and a man approached.
    Chapter 10 (83% in)
  • And at last Muley approached Tom.
    Chapter 10 (94% in)
  • She untied the three-gallon bucket from the back of the truck and approached the squealing children.
    Chapter 13 (47% in)
  • In her half-sleep she heard footsteps approaching, but it was a man's voice that started her awake.
    Chapter 18 (42% in)
  • He looked up when Tom approached.
    Chapter 20 (22% in)
  • At last she approached.
    Chapter 20 (46% in)
  • And Ruthie cautiously approached the sanitary unit and peeked in the open doorway.
    Chapter 22 (17% in)
  • Ma turned and looked at the approaching figure.
    Chapter 22 (88% in)
  • Two deputies approached.
    Chapter 26 (34% in)
  • Very cautiously he approached the square of houses.
    Chapter 26 (68% in)
  • He approached a great mound of wild blackberry bushes, leaned over and pulled a mat of vines aside.
    Chapter 28 (33% in)

There are no more uses of "approach" in The Grapes of Wrath.

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