The plant was near dead when I got it.
as the campers grew cold, so they gravitated nearer to the campfire Preposition
I left the box near the door.
The cat won't go near fire.
There are several beaches near here.
She came home near midnight.
We feared he was near death. Adjective
The nearest grocery store is three blocks away.
The near side headlight is out. Verb
As the date of the performance neared, we grew more and more anxious.
He always cheers up when baseball season nears.
The airplane began to descend as it neared the island.
He must be nearing 80 years of age.
The negotiators were nearing a decision. See More
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The Residents of Gordon Plaza community action group is inching nearer to the eventual housing relocation.—Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Sep. 2023 Comet Nishimura, named after the amateur astronomer who first photographed it about a month ago, will pass nearest to Earth on Tuesday before reaching its closest distance to the sun on September 17.—Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023 People have been more focused on fire suppression because of dramatic events, near and far.—Jeastman, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2023 With a relatively dry air mass in place, temperatures should fall quickly with sunset and down to near 60 or the mid-50s for lows.—Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2023 After landfall, Idalia was expected to turn toward the northeast and east-northeast, moving near or along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina later Wednesday and Thursday.—Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023 Despite employee unhappiness with the mandate, the e-commerce behemoth is pushing its hybrid work schedule, including reportedly telling employees to relocate nearer to the company’s head offices.—Bynicholas Gordon, Fortune, 29 Aug. 2023 The two main islet groups are the Spratly Islands—the eastern grouping nearest to the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei—and the Paracel Islands, northwest of the Spratlys and closer to Vietnam, China, and Taiwan.—Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 28 Aug. 2023 Yet these same physicians struggle to recommend against resuscitation, despite knowing that death is certain and near.—Sunita Puri, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2023
The truck tipped over on the Perimeter near Northside Drive around 6:10 p.m., according to the ...—Caroline Silva, ajc, 14 Sep. 2023 Mohave County Sheriff's officials said remains of a man between 30 and 40 years old were discovered near Kingman in January 1996.—CBS News, 13 Sep. 2023 The Ocean Explorer became stranded near Alpefjord in the Northeast Greenland National Park on Monday, reported NBC News.—Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 There will be a small warm-up Saturday, with sunshine and a high temperature near 72 degrees.—Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2023 Hernandez-Medina allegedly grabbed a large piece of glass near the kitchen floor, but officers managed to safely get her in handcuffs and escort her from the building.—BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2023 In this case, two F-16 fighter jets based at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks were sent to Anchorage to intercept the Super Cub.—Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2023 Christopher Ivy Bates was last seen around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday near Baldwin County Road 8, according to Gulf Shores police.—Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 13 Sep. 2023 The area of the incident is primarily residential and just south of Old Norcross Road and near I-85.—Caroline Silva, ajc, 1 Sep. 2023
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his forces were continuing to make progress in their counteroffensive after weeks of a near stalemate that had sparked concern among Kyiv’s supporters.—Nick Parker, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2023 That's ironic considering the island is known for its beaches, and this busy, sprawling town full of yoga studios, vegan cafes, shops, spas, and markets is a 30-minute motorbike ride from the nearest stretch of sand.—Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023 Petty scored on another corner kick that deflected off a Spalding defender at the near post.—Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 31 Aug. 2023 The incident is a near copycat of what happened last month, when McConnell appeared to simply have shut down in the middle of a press conference at the Capitol.—Ella Sherman, The New Republic, 31 Aug. 2023 Customers can check the Circle K Day map to find their nearest location.—Abigail Celaya, The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2023 San Diego Gas & Electric said power outages are a near certainty during the storm, which is forecast to bring winds over 50 mph — and those outages could be relatively long-lasting, because heavy winds will ground the helicopters typically used to assess damage.—David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Aug. 2023 His nearest challengers are Alex Fitzpatrick (67) and Wilco Nienaber (63), with Adrian Otageui (66) a stroke further back.—Associated Press, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2023 Despite the near two-month gap between the original and rescheduled games, MLS will honor all tickets purchased for Sunday as access to the October game.—Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 19 Aug. 2023
Paxton’s historic impeachment trial is nearing its end as the case should soon be in front of the jury.—Aarón Torres, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2023 Related Drug overdose deaths in N.H. rose 11 percent in 2022, nearing decade highFatal R.I. overdoses remained high in 2022.—David Ovalle, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2023 When Ana Lavi neared the gates of her village in southern Israel late one night in July, a small group of men appeared in the road, surrounded her car and blocked its path.—Patrick Kingsley Moises Saman, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2023 The groundwater in aquifers is declining, and some reservoirs are nearing alarmingly low levels.—WIRED, 9 Sep. 2023 Along the way, there are logistics to handle: a Do Not Resuscitate form, comings and goings of caretakers, the obituary — the business of a life nearing its end.—Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2023 Hollywood’s head honchos have been betting otherwise, which is why the work stoppage resulting from the writers and actors strike is nearing sixth months.—Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 WestRock is nearing a deal to merge with Europe’s Smurfit Kappa in a move that would create a global paper and packaging powerhouse worth some $20 billion.—Laura Cooper, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2023 Dozens of clips of the brawl have been posted on social media, with one on YouTube nearing 200,000 views.—Justin Vellucci The Tribune-Review, al, 6 Sep. 2023 See More
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Adverb, Preposition, Adjective, and Verb
Middle English ner, partly from ner nearer, from Old English nēar, comparative of nēah nigh; partly from Old Norse nær nearer, comparative of nā- nigh — more at nigh