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verb near pronunciation in American English /nɪr/
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present tense
I/you/we/theynear
he/she/itnears
present participlenearing
past tenseneared
past participleneared
  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.
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  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.
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