Different meaning between the verbs, approcher and rapprocher

TomC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Different meaning between the verbs, approcher and rapprocher

The dictionary meaning shows both of these verbs as meaning "to move closer together." Is it correct that approcher applies to moving closer between 2 physical locations, and rapprocher applies to personal relationships with other people, as is the case in this exercise?
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JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Tom,

Rapprocher --> joindre / réunir / unir / réconciler 

Approcher  --> venir / plus près / arriver (nuit)

Not sure if it is exclusively between people, the synonymy doesn't support that sense to me.

I get the feeling that rapprocher is closer still than approcher and it is a case of the degree of closeness between the two verbs.

Hope this helps.

Jim

CélineKwiziq team member

Bonjour Tom,

To supplement Jim's excellent answer:

Approche-toi, mon petit ! = come closer, my dear! (getting closer - space)

Rapproche-toi un peu ! = Come a little bit closer! (getting even closer - space)

La fête approche à grands pas = the party is getting closer (in time)

Je rapproche le fauteuil au canapé = I bring the armchair closer to the sofa 

See link here for: S'approcher - Se rapprocher

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

TomC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi Jim and Céline,

Thanks for your responses. They are very helpful.

Tom

Different meaning between the verbs, approcher and rapprocher

The dictionary meaning shows both of these verbs as meaning "to move closer together." Is it correct that approcher applies to moving closer between 2 physical locations, and rapprocher applies to personal relationships with other people, as is the case in this exercise?

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