There are more of us nearing retirement age, but we are not procreating enough.
Congress is nearing a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, and lawmakers made their cases for—and against—it Sunday.
In August 2000, with Clinton nearing the end of his term, Hastert needed to resolve some outstanding issues.
The firm is nearing record numbers for bonuses, trading profits and the sheer size of its influence in the banking arena.
All major stock benchmarks, including the Nasdaq Composite Index, are nearing year highs.
They were nearing the portico; it was raining outside, and a cold wind blew in to meet them.
The coachman, nearing the goal, had given the horse his head.
Yes, that was the Lizard; we were nearing our journey's end.
The doctor is nearing them rapidly; they can imagine the shepherd's tartan.
The French and the English were rumored to be nearing from the east.
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.