adverb, near·er, near·est.
adjective, near·er, near·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- in the immediate vicinity: There is a shopping area near at hand.
- in the near future; soon: The departure is near at hand.
Origin of near
SYNONYMS FOR near
Related formsnear·ness, nouno·ver·near, adjective, adverbo·ver·near·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for nearing
Congress is nearing a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, and lawmakers made their cases for—and against—it Sunday.
He hoped also to be a chaplain through his local church, and he was nearing the end of his formal training.
Liu was nearing the 20th anniversary of his arrival in America, having landed from China on Christmas Eve, 1994, at the age of 12.
He was nearing the end of his sentence, but the woman enlisted Joplin to marry them before he was released.
The second vehicle is nearing completion by Mojave-based company Scaled Composites.
When I awoke it was daylight, and a glance through a port-hole showed that we were nearing a flat coast.The Fortunate Isles|Mary Stuart Boyd
I remember hearing a man speaking that name on the train when we were nearing your station, Uncle!Storm-Bound|Alan Douglas
Discomforts were quickly forgotten in the thrill of nearing battle grounds.New Zealanders at Gallipoli|Major Fred Waite
As I write, nearing midnight, the bookcase behind me cracks.The Best Ghost Stories|Various
As we were nearing camp on our way back, a large steamboat nearly ran us down.
British Dictionary definitions for nearing
- the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
- (as modifier)the near foreleg
Derived Formsnearness, noun
Word Origin for near
Idioms and Phrases with nearing
In addition to the idioms beginning with near
- near at hand
- near miss
- near thing
- near to one's heart
- far and near
- in the near future
- not anything like (anywhere near)