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verb near pronunciation in American English /nɪr/
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present tense
present participlenearing
past tenseneared
past participleneared
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to come closer to a particular place
    I woke up as the train neared the station.
    1. a.
      to come closer to a particular time or stage
      Traffic problems become more common as the project nears completion.
      He was nearing 60.
      Months of negotiations between the two parties neared an end on Wednesday.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a time or event nears, it gets closer
    As election day neared, reports of new scandals began to appear in the press.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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