As the 2012 Democratic National Convention nears, I do not envy Team Obama.
His ultimate career goal is unchanged as he nears the end of the eighth grade and prepares to begin high school.
So it'll depend on how far ahead Obama is as Election Day nears.
But as he nears retirement, his accomplishments at the Pentagon appear modest.
If you would know what makes the great river as it nears the sea, you must travel up the stream.
Still it hurries onward, with velocity augmented, as it nears its term.
There is no one and common road whose dust as it nears Heaven is gold and its pavement stars.
One of a woman's frequent failings is shifting the reins as she nears a jump.
As he nears the city, he discovers the Yadavas hard pressed by an army of demons.
He knows your ship; so soon as it nears one island, he is off to another.
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.