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Definition of near verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [transitive, intransitive] near (something) (rather formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they near
    he / she / it nears
    past simple neared
    -ing form nearing
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  1. 1to come close to something in time or space synonym approach
  2. 2 The project is nearing completion. She was nearing the end of her life. He must be nearing 40. We neared the top of the hill. As Christmas neared, the children became more and more excited.
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