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approach
used in Life of Pi

2 meanings, 10 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
Definition
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
  • I would like to add a third, to wit, the rapid and direct approach of a known killer.
    89-92 — Chapters 89-92 (51% in)
approach = getting near
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The first time I saw his triangular form teetering and tottering about the zoo, I was shy to approach him.
    5-8 — Chapters 5-8 (32% in)
  • approach = get near
  • As evening approached, my anxiety grew.
    41-44 — Chapters 41-44 (93% in)
approached = got near
There are no more uses of "approach" flagged with this meaning in Life of Pi.

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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Definition
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
  • I decided on a more direct approach.
    69-72 — Chapters 69-72 (24% in)
approach = technique (way of doing something)
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?  —6 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • A fish jumping out of water was confronted by a famished boy with a hands-on, no-holds-barred approach to capturing it.
    65-68 — Chapters 65-68 (37% in)
  • There is Brahman nirguna, without qualities, which lies beyond understanding, beyond description, beyond approach; with our poor words we sew a suit for it—One, Truth, Unity, Absolute, Ultimate Reality, Ground of Being— and try to make it fit, but Brahman nirguna always bursts the seams.
    13-16 — Chapters 13-16 (77% in)
  • Now we call it Shiva, Krishna, Shakti, Ganesha; we can approach it with some understanding; we can discern certain attributes—loving, merciful, frightening—and we feel the gentle pull of relationship.
    13-16 — Chapters 13-16 (79% in)
  • The wise men seemed annoyed when they realized that all three of them were approaching the same people.
    21-24 — Chapters 21-24 (26% in)
  • Our end was approaching.
    89-92 — Chapters 89-92 (6% in)
  • The division in the two tubes that resulted was very plain: the centre tube was white in colour, while the tube that surrounded it was decreas-ingly green as it approached the inner wall.
    89-92 — Chapters 89-92 (40% in)

There are no more uses of "approach" in Life of Pi.

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