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approach
used in The Lovely Bones

21 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
approached the city
Definition
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
  • As dawn approached it was the only light in the room until my sister walked in.
    Chapter Twelve (6% in)
approached = got near
  • After conferring around the discovering policeman, Detective Fenerman broke their dark huddle and approached her.
    Chapter Two (38% in)
  • approached = went to
  • I watched Ruth approach the soccer field, thinking she was alone.
    Chapter Six (45% in)
  • approach = get near
  • "Jack-y," my grandmother said as she approached my parents on the front porch, "we need some stiff drinks!"
    Chapter Nine (6% in)
approached = moved toward
There are no more uses of "approach" flagged with this meaning in The Lovely Bones.

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  • By now the rot would have been eclipsed, and it was true, as he approached the area, that no rank smell greeted him.
    Chapter Twenty (2% in)
  • On Monday, in homeroom, everyone stared at her as she approached the front of the classroom.
    Chapter Two (71% in)
  • If her mother or her more approachable teachers did not want to hear the darker reality she had experienced, she would cloak this reality in poetry.
    Chapter Three (15% in)
  • It was late when he got there, and he left the safe in his Wagoneer while he approached the house of the Flanagans, who lived on the property where the sinkhole was.
    Chapter Four (38% in)
  • "Don't talk to anyone and don't approach him again," Len warned.
    Chapter Five (30% in)
  • "Did you put away your game?" my father asked Buckley, wondering why he persisted in avoiding the topic with the one person who approached it head-on.
    Chapter Five (36% in)
  • The rabbits loved the trimmed lawns of the athletic fields, and as Ruth approached she'd see their dark forms line up along the white chalk of the farthest boundaries like some sort of tiny sports team.
    Chapter Six (38% in)
  • As my family approached, Hal turned quickly and walked away.
    Chapter Nine (73% in)
  • She made her way up to my family, and when Principal Caden and Mr. Botte saw her they fell away and let her approach.
    Chapter Nine (86% in)
  • When she saw Len approaching from the end of the long white corridor, she relaxed.
    Chapter Twelve (29% in)
  • When he heard the voices approaching he stirred.
    Chapter Twelve (34% in)
  • But no one had dared approach my family to find out the details.
    Chapter Sixteen (21% in)
  • His approach was loud.
    Chapter Sixteen (32% in)
  • She would feel it then, creeping up the side of her calves and into her gut, the onslaught, the grief coming, the tears like a small relentless army approaching the front lines of her eyes, and she would breathe in, taking a large gulp of air to try to stop herself from crying in a public place.
    Chapter Sixteen (75% in)
  • "Susie," the man said as I approached and then stopped a few feet from where he stood.
    Chapter Eighteen (92% in)
  • As she resumed her normal stride and approached the waiting area, she intercepted a nurse with a message for Jack Salmon in Room 582.
    Chapter Nineteen (97% in)
  • He breathed in and approached the shack warily.
    Chapter Twenty (2% in)

There are no more uses of "approach" in The Lovely Bones.

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