Old Bagan, which is nearer to the ruins, is now devoid of inhabitants and only hosts a few sleepy old hotels.
I knew that every time I met him brought him nearer to the accomplishment of his purpose and my fate.
He was on the other side of Miriam, and his unsavoury presence was nearer to her than I cared for.
Every advance in the work seemed to bring him nearer to the source of the happiness he felt.
Nevertheless, the junk glided nearer and nearer to the shore.
The first is the consanguine group of first cousins and nearer.
Two hours' ride brought him no nearer, apparently, to the comrades he was pursuing.
You had approached nearer and nearer to him during the recital.
The two men that had so long been nearer and dearer to each other than brothers never again interchanged one word.
The smile that accompanied her bow of greeting drew him nearer.
Old English near "closer, nearer," comparative of neah, neh"nigh." Influenced by Old Norse naer "near," it came to be used as a positive form mid-13c., and new comparative nearer developed 1500s (see nigh). As an adjective from c.1300. Originally an adverb but now supplanted in most such senses by nearly; it has in turn supplanted correct nigh as an adjective. Related: Nearness. In near and dear (1620s) it refers to nearness of kinship. Near East first attested 1891, in Kipling. Near beer "low-alcoholic brew" is from 1908.
"to draw near," 1510s, from near (adv.). Related: Neared; nearing.