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approach
used in The Brothers Karamazov

25 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
Definition
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
  • But this time he had specially urgent business, and he foresaw how difficult it would be to approach the subject, yet he was in great haste.
    Epilogue (3% in)
approach = begin communication with someone about
There are no more uses of "approach" flagged with this meaning in The Brothers Karamazov.

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  • I am approaching the sudden catastrophe which was perhaps the final cause of Mitya's ruin.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (26% in)
  • Her eyes besought him, but she seemed afraid to approach.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (30% in)
  • And although this enchantress has lived in, so to speak, civil marriage with a respectable man, yet she is of an independent character, an unapproachable fortress for everybody, just like a legal wife—for she is virtuous, yes, holy Fathers, she is virtuous.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (65% in)
  • He seemed to hear again Father Zossima's words, foretelling his approaching end.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (75% in)
  • But this time they approached to receive his blessing.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (89% in)
  • But he seemed to have as much contempt for the female sex as for men; he was discreet, almost unapproachable, with them.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (50% in)
  • Besides all this, he noticed at her first words that she was in great excitement, an excitement perhaps quite exceptional and almost approaching ecstasy.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (79% in)
  • The monk, as he related afterwards, approached in the utmost apprehension.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (10% in)
  • As soon as you approached the house, she screamed, fell into hysterics, and insisted on being wheeled back into this room here.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (38% in)
  • But He suddenly approached the old man in silence and softly kissed him on his bloodless aged lips.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (73% in)
  • The train flew on, and only at daybreak, when he was approaching Moscow, he suddenly roused himself from his meditation.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (98% in)
  • My life is ending, I know that well, but every day that is left me I feel how my earthly life is in touch with a new infinite, unknown, that approaching life, the nearness of which sets my soul quivering with rapture, my mind glowing and my heart weeping with joy.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (22% in)
  • Her husband, too, came up and then they all approached me and almost kissed me.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (44% in)
  • For although those who were gathered about him that last evening realized that his death was approaching, yet it was difficult to imagine that it would come so suddenly.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (99% in)
  • Grushenka was not easily to be approached and except her aged protector there had not been one man who could boast of her favors during those four years.
    Book 7 — Alyosha (47% in)
  • Strange to say, during those days it never occurred to him to think of the approaching return of the "officer," that is, of the man who had been such a fatal influence in Grushenka's life, and whose arrival she was expecting with such emotion and dread.
    Book 8 — Mitya (1% in)
  • Softly and noiselessly, step by step, he approached the window, and raised himself on tiptoe.
    Book 8 — Mitya (36% in)
  • He came in timidly, approached with little steps, looking very disheveled and depressed.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (88% in)
  • Two red lights gleamed out of the darkness; the monster roared as it approached.
    Book 10 — The Boys (6% in)
  • Three weeks before his death, feeling the end approaching, he made his sons, their wives and children, come upstairs to him at last and bade them not leave him again.
    Book 11 — Ivan (2% in)
  • It was merely stated that the criminal, whose approaching trial was making such a sensation—retired army captain, an idle swaggerer, and reactionary bully—was continually involved in amorous intrigues, and particularly popular with certain ladies "who were pining in solitude."
    Book 11 — Ivan (12% in)
  • He knew that he was unwell, but he loathed the thought of being ill at that fatal time, at the approaching crisis in his life, when he needed to have all his wits about him, to say what he had to say boldly and resolutely and "to justify himself to himself."
    Book 11 — Ivan (77% in)
  • The usher at once approached him.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (31% in)
  • "What will our peasants say now?" said one stout, cross-looking, pock-marked gentleman, a landowner of the neighborhood, approaching a group of gentlemen engaged in conversation.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (98% in)

There are no more uses of "approach" in The Brothers Karamazov.

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