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Definition of near verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

near

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//nɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɪr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they near
BrE BrE//nɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɪr//
 
he / she / it nears
BrE BrE//nɪəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɪrz//
 
past simple neared
BrE BrE//nɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɪrd//
 
past participle neared
BrE BrE//nɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɪrd//
 
-ing form nearing
BrE BrE//ˈnɪərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪrɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] near (something) (rather formal) to come close to something in time or space synonym approach 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. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse nær ‘nearer’, comparative of , corresponding to Old English nēah ‘nigh’.Extra examples As she neared the door she slipped and fell. As the bus neared we could see someone waving. As we neared the island the cloud became thicker. He began to worry as the day of their visit neared. Her stay in New York was nearing its end. It was nearing midnight. Many of the teachers were nearing retirement. More troops were nearing the besieged city. She smiled as she neared the little group. The project is nearing completion. We were obviously nearing the airport.
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