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


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