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approach
used in Atlas Shrugged

2 meanings, 122 uses
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1  —5 uses as in:
approached the city
Definition
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
  • He snapped on her desk lamp which, in forced concentration on her work, she had neglected to turn on at the approach of dusk.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (81% in)
approach = coming
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They had not noticed him approach; the conversation stopped, as if slashed off; most of them had never met him, but they all recognized him at once.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (42% in)
  • approach = get near
  • The only consciousness the pictures left her was the feeling of the approach of some unthinkable disaster, and the feeling that she had to outrun it.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (96% in)
  • approach = coming
  • The first light to snap on at the approach of dusk was always the ray that hit the calendar; when the white-glowing page appeared above the roofs, it blurred the city, hastening the darkness.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (0% in)
  • approach = coming
  • She did not hear him approach; but she felt the impact of his hands with shocking intensity, as if it were the only awareness she could now experience.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (97% in)
approach = get near
There are no more uses of "approach" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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2  —2 uses as in:
approached her with the proposal
Definition
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
  • We don't know how to approach you. We can't speak your language.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (23% in)
approach = begin communication with
  • One had to know how to approach Wesley, and how to keep the wrong influences away from him, and how to get Mr. Thompson interested without letting him know too much, and how to cut Chick Morrison in on it, but keep Tinky Holloway out, and how to get the right people to give a few parties for Wesley at the right time, and ....
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (12% in)
approach = begin communication with
There are no more uses of "approach" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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?  —115 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • The passengers of the Comet were peering out of the windows; some were descending the steps and approaching.
    3.10 Part 3 Chapter 10 — In the Name of the Best Among Us (76% in)
  • He looked like a man approaching fifty, who had crossed into age from adolescence, without the intermediate stage of youth.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (19% in)
  • No one paid attention to her when she approached.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (56% in)
  • He saw lights in the windows of the living room, when he approached his house.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (35% in)
  • Rearden asked, approaching him.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (85% in)
  • No, not many and not easy to approach, but there are.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (15% in)
  • They approached each other, and Boyle said, his smile less soothing than usual, "I've delivered.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (49% in)
  • Dan Conway was approaching fifty.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (57% in)
  • She approached him.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (91% in)
  • That was the way she always ran when Eddie yelled, "It's Frisco d'Anconia!" and they both flew down the hill to the car approaching on the road below.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (3% in)
  • Jim was approaching his senior year in a college in New York.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (27% in)
  • When he approached, she smiled innocently, as if unconscious of any contest intended or won.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (34% in)
  • She approached him slowly.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (46% in)
  • She heard steps approaching outside, suddenly, close to the door.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (47% in)
  • He approached, he took her in his arms, he kissed her mouth and held her for a long time.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (64% in)
  • He felt the leaden approach of that exhaustion which he never felt at his job, the exhaustion that seemed to wait for him and catch him the moment he turned to other concerns.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (12% in)
  • He approached her-and stopped.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (14% in)
  • Lillian Rearden approached, her jewels glittering under the lights.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (17% in)
  • Claude Slagenhop had approached and managed to squeeze himself between Philip and Scudder, shoving Scudder aside imperceptibly.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (26% in)
  • He watched her as she approached, but he did not step forward to meet her.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (32% in)
  • A businessman whom they knew had approached, smiling at her in delighted astonishment.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (33% in)
  • He looked at the room; he saw no one he wished to approach.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (35% in)
  • Lillian glanced up at his face, when Rearden approached her in the midst of a group, and, without a word, stepped aside where they could not be heard.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (36% in)
  • Approaching Lillian once more, Rearden said without anger, the contempt becoming amusement in his voice, "I didn't know you knew that one.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (40% in)
  • Dagny stood still when she saw Francisco approaching.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (41% in)
  • James Taggart had approached the group and was waiting to be noticed.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (45% in)
  • Philip noticed him, approached and waved to Lillian, calling her over.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (50% in)
  • She wanted to approach him and convince herself that she was mistaken.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (53% in)
  • She had seen them together and she had approached, drawn by an impulse she could not explain or resist; it seemed crucially important that she know what these two men said to each other.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (65% in)
  • This was the approach of an anger she could not control.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (82% in)
  • Lillian turned, because Rearden had approached her.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (85% in)
  • He was crossing the room, carrying a tray with drinks requested by someone in Lillian's group-an unbecoming act of informality which nobody had ever seen him perform-when Dagny approached him.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (87% in)
  • He approached, stopped, looked at her and smiled.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (7% in)
  • Ben Nealy had approached her; his thumb was pointing at Ellis Wyatt.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (8% in)
  • You haven't approached him about it?
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (23% in)
  • I have found that when particles are accelerated to a speed approaching the speed of light, they-
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (48% in)
  • He approached her.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (94% in)
  • The crowd parted to let her approach him.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (43% in)
  • She saw him, she approached, and she shook his hand; her smile was like a summation of all the things they did not have to say.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (56% in)
  • The crossties melted, as they approached, into a smooth stream rolling down under the wheels.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (62% in)
  • The track was rising through a country growing more grimly reluctant to permit approach.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (74% in)
  • They were approaching Denver.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (75% in)
  • When she tore her mouth away from him, she was laughing soundlessly, in triumph, as if saying: Hank Rearden-the austere, unapproachable Hank Rearden of the monk like office, the business conferences, the harsh bargains-do you remember them now?
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (96% in)
  • He approached.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (98% in)
  • They looked as if they knew that one may not approach you or speak in your presence or touch a fold of your dress.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (41% in)
  • He stood looking at her across the room, refusing to let himself approach her, deliberately prolonging the pleasure of knowing that he could do it whenever he wished.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (56% in)
  • She approached him, she stood by the side of the couch, looking down at him, the light of the lamp behind her; she did not want him to see her face and the effort she was making not to smile.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (65% in)
  • He approached her, he grasped her shoulders and pressed his mouth to her breast through the thin cloth.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (68% in)
  • He approached and stopped, looking at the car.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (82% in)
  • She knew part of the answer; she felt as if the whole answer were close and she would grasp it on some approaching day.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (79% in)
  • He rose, approached her and took her in his arms.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (99% in)
  • He had never felt it before; but he felt it here, where everyone had the right to approach her, except himself.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (44% in)
  • He stopped and waited to let her approach.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (45% in)
  • Dagny turned at her approach.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (50% in)
  • He approached.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (51% in)
  • Rearden waited, fighting a desire to approach; not after the kind of conversation we had, he thought-what for?
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (70% in)
  • That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (78% in)
  • They had been silent for a long time, and the hands of the dial were approaching 3:50 when the buzzer rang on the secretary's deskthe bell from Danagger's office, the signal of permission to enter.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (53% in)
  • But in the next moment, his shudder of anger told him that he would murder the man who'd attempt to approach him, he would murder before he could hear the words of the secret that would take him away from his mills.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (68% in)
  • Francisco broke off in the middle of a sentence, seeing Rearden approach and listen, and said, laughing, "Oh, I beg your pardon!"
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (96% in)
  • Dagny glanced up from her desk, when Rearden entered her office; he saw her watching him as he approached and he saw the look of weariness disappearing from her eyes.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (36% in)
  • That's the trouble-that businessmen refuse to approach us in a spirit of trust and friendship.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (60% in)
  • Trains could not approach them through the storm.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (5% in)
  • While we all realize, of course, that this is only temporary, still, for the moment, it has made the railroad situation approach a stage that may well be described as desperate.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (20% in)
  • It was to be hoped that events had, perhaps, taught him the wisdom of a mellower approach.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (74% in)
  • His mother stared at Rearden in reproachful bewilderment; she said nothing, but she kept bursting into tears in his presence, her manner suggesting that her tears were the most important aspect to consider in whatever disaster it was that she sensed approaching.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (71% in)
  • He felt a moment's approach to that which no man may feel fully and survive: a sense of self-hatred-the more terrible because some part of him refused to accept it and made him feel guiltier.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (91% in)
  • He waited until she had descended to the ground and the man with the notes had departed; then he approached her and said coldly: "Miss Taggart?
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (92% in)
  • I would and I will, if you ever attempt to approach me again.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (37% in)
  • The clangor of the train had swallowed the noise of the motor and they had not heard the approach of the car that swept out of the side road, from behind the farmhouse.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (39% in)
  • It was eagerness and an odd, solemn stillness, the sudden certainty that she was facing the approach of something unknown and of the gravest importance.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (23% in)
  • What he felt for a moment was his closest approach to a sense of his own non-existence.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (79% in)
  • I want you to learn that you are not to think of her, not to look at her, not to approach her.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (34% in)
  • He asked, approaching, "What is it?"
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (56% in)
  • Has anyone approached you?
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (68% in)
  • She was astonished, approaching her vestibule, to hear the sound of voices close by.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (5% in)
  • He turned at the sound of her approach.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (49% in)
  • They all looked at her with an air of inquiring expectation, as she approached.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (53% in)
  • She glanced around her-and for one frightening moment, she thought that it was a quiet summer morning, that she was alone, lost in a region of the Rocky Mountains which no plane should ever venture to approach, and, with the last of her fuel burning away, she was looking for a plane that had never existed, in quest of a destroyer who had vanished as he always vanished; perhaps it was only his vision that had led her here to be destroyed.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (96% in)
  • "What am I paying you for?" asked Ellis Wyatt, approaching; the boy chuckled, darting back to seize the lever he had abandoned for a moment.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (36% in)
  • The smiling face that approached her out of the fog was Andrew Stockton's, and she saw a grimy hand extended to her with a gesture of confident pride, as if it held all of her moment's vision on its palm.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (42% in)
  • She looked at Ken Danagger as he approached them.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (44% in)
  • Don't try to open that door, Miss Taggart" He approached her, his steps a shade too slow, as if stressing his knowledge of her awareness of every step.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (59% in)
  • This is the new ideal, the goal to aim at, the purpose to live for, and all men are to be rewarded according to how close they approach it.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (75% in)
  • I cut off all possible avenues of approach, except one road-and it's camouflaged beyond anyone's power to discover-and I stocked this place to be self-supporting, so that I could live here for the rest of my life and never have to see the face of a looter.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (90% in)
  • The time is approaching when all of us will have to be called to live herebecause the world is falling apart so fast that it will soon be starving.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (93% in)
  • He saw me approaching-and he did not know, but I knew, what made him whirl upon me and cry, Tin so sick of all of you Impractical idealists!
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (61% in)
  • She looked from his face to Francisco's approaching figure, not hiding from herself any longer that her sudden, heavy, desolate anxiety was the fear that Galt might throw the three of them into the hopeless waste of self-sacrifice.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (70% in)
  • Francisco approached, looking at her thoughtfully, as if weighing some question of his own, but some question that gave a sparkle of reckless gaiety to his eyes.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (70% in)
  • "Will the ray screen hold out?" she asked tensely, in a tone of defensive resentment against the approach of an enemy.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (76% in)
  • ...the moon, and in the diffused glow she could not distinguish the expressions of their faces, as she walked between them: the only expressions to perceive were the straight silhouettes of their bodies, the unbroken sound of then— steps and her own feeling that she wished to walk on and on, a feeling she could not define, except that it was neither doubt nor pain, When they approached his cabin, Francisco stopped, the gesture of his hand embracing them both as he pointed to his door.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (90% in)
  • Thompson," said Dr. Ferris sonorously, as they approached, "may I present Dr. Robert Stadler?"
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (10% in)
  • She was seeing it so clearly that she kept wanting to approach strangers, to shake them, to laugh in their faces and to cry, "Snap out of it!"
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (35% in)
  • She waited till he had finished, then she approached him, extended her credentials and said quietly, to the gaping stare of his eyes, "I'm Dagny Taggart.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (37% in)
  • Eddie was watching her approach as if he were seeing nothing else in the world, but his rigid posture seemed designed to pretend that he was listening to the man before him.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (43% in)
  • He approached her and dropped wearily down on his knees, slipping his arms around her.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (35% in)
  • When he approached, she took the glass from him with a sloppily indifferent sweep of her hand.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (77% in)
  • The social worker approached her and asked severely, "Are you in trouble?
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (99% in)
  • [ wouldn't approach him.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (29% in)
  • -with the peak of the harvest rush approaching-
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (32% in)
  • The trail approached its end when she heard the pinch-lipped voice of a public relations, woman in a Washington office, saying resentfully over the telephone wire, "Well, after all, it is a matter of opinion whether wheat is essential to a nation's welfarethere are those of more progressive views who feel that the soybean is, perhaps, of far greater value"-and then, by noon, she stood in the middle of her office, knowing that the freight cars intended for the wheat of Minnesota had...
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (60% in)
  • You'll have to endure what I've endured and wanted to spare youyou'll have to go on, knowing where I am, wanting me as I'll want you, but never permitting yourself to approach me.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (98% in)
  • He was looking at her as he would have looked if a strange woman had approached him on the street with a personal confession-a look like the equivalent of the words: Why tell it to me?
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (35% in)
  • On the roof of a structure above the gate, he saw, as he came closer, the slim silhouette of a man who held a gun in each hand and, from behind the protection of a chimney, kept firing at intervals down into the mob, firing swiftly and, it seemed, in two directions at once, like a sentinel protecting the approaches to the gate.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (90% in)
  • He saw a leering, mindless face with a mouth hung loose in a joyless chuckle, and a club in a rising fist-he heard the sound of running steps approaching from another direction, he attempted to turn his head, then the club crashed down on his skull from behind-and in the moment of splitting darkness, when he wavered, refusing to believe it, then felt himself going down, he felt a strong, protective arm seizing him and breaking his fall, he heard a gun exploding an inch above his ear,...
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (92% in)
  • "You've been torturing yourself for months," said Francisco, approaching him, "wondering what words you'd use to ask my forgiveness and whether you had the right to ask it, if you ever saw me again —but now you see that it isn't necessary, that there's nothing to ask or to forgive."
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (97% in)
  • You cannot achieve it so long as you live, but the value of your life and of your person is gauged by how closely you succeed in approaching that ideal zero which is death.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (40% in)
  • He cannot approach his fellow men except in one of two disgraceful roles: he is both a beggar and a sucker.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (46% in)
  • In September, a bushel of wheat had cost eleven dollars; it had cost thirty dollars in November; it had cost one hundred in December; it was now approaching the price of two hundred-while the printing presses of the government treasury were running a race with starvation, and losing.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (22% in)
  • The leader approached, his steps irregular like hiccoughs, and threw the door open.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (47% in)
  • No one took any notice of his existence, except a ragged old woman who stretched out her hand to him silently, as he approached the lights of the entrance; he hurried past, and only drops of sleet fell on the gnarled, naked palm.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (63% in)
  • The officer's hand summoned one of them to approach-an unshaved civilian with a shabby overcoat thrown over his shoulders.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (15% in)
  • She saw Francisco's figure approaching from some distance away; she recognized the swiftness of his walk, before she could distinguish the face under the cap pulled low over his eyes.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (60% in)
  • When he approached, she stood solemnly straight and, looking at his face and at the buildings of the greatest city in the world, as at the kind of witnesses she wanted, she said slowly, her voice confident and steady: "I swear-by my life and my love of it-that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (61% in)
  • Looking down, they could see the last convulsions: the lights of the cars were darting through the streets, like animals trapped in a maze, frantically seeking an exit, the bridges were jammed with cars, the approaches to the bridges were veins of massed headlights, glittering bottlenecks stopping all motion, and the desperate screaming of sirens reached faintly to the height of the plane.
    3.10 Part 3 Chapter 10 — In the Name of the Best Among Us (50% in)

There are no more uses of "approach" in Atlas Shrugged.

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