near - definition and synonyms


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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

      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