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verb near pronunciation in British English /nɪə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
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.

  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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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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