- close; to a point or place not far away: Come near so I won't have to shout.
- at, within, or to a short distance.
- close in time: The New Year draws near.
- close in relation; closely with respect to connection, similarity, intimacy, etc. (often used in combination): a near-standing position.
- all but; almost; nearly: a period of near 30 years.
- Nautical. close to the wind.
- Archaic. in a thrifty or stingy manner.
- being close by; not distant: the near fields.
- being the lesser in distance: the near side.
- short or direct: the near road.
- close in time: the near future.
- closely related or connected: our nearest relatives.
- close to an original: a near translation.
- closely affecting one's interests or feelings: a matter of near consequence to one.
- intimate or familiar: a near friend.
- narrow or close: a near escape.
- thrifty or stingy: near with one's pocketbook.
- (of two draft animals hitched together) being on the driver's left (as opposed to off): The near horse is going lame.
- at, to, or within a short distance, or no great distance, from or of: regions near the equator.
- close to in time: near the beginning of the year.
- close to a condition or state: He is near death.
- to come or draw near; approach: The boat neared the dock. Storm clouds neared.
- near at hand,
- 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
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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.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Jan. 4
January 5, 2015
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.Saying Yes to the Dress—Behind Bars
December 8, 2014
The second vehicle is nearing completion by Mojave-based company Scaled Composites.Can Anyone Make Space Safe for Civilians?
November 4, 2014
Are we nearing the light—a day of freedom and of peace for all mankind?
It was nearing sundown when Kingozi emerged from his tent and gave the signal to move.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The coachman, nearing the goal, had given the horse his head.Casanova's Homecoming
The doctor is nearing them rapidly; they can imagine the shepherd's tartan.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 3
The hands of the clock on the front of the Strangers' Gallery were nearing six.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- at or to a place or time not far away from; close to
- at or to a place or time not far away; close by
- near to not far from; near
- short for nearly I was damn near killed
- at or in a place not far away
- (postpositive) not far away in time; imminentdeparture time was near
- (prenominal) only just successful or only just failinga near escape
- (postpositive) informal miserly, mean
- (prenominal) closely connected or intimatea near relation
- to come or draw close (to)
- Also called: nearside
- the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
- (as modifier)the near foreleg
Word Origin and History for nearing
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.
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)