Antonyms for nearing

Grammar : Adj
Spell : neer
Phonetic Transcription : nɪər

Definition of nearing

Origin :
  • 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.
  • adj approaching
Example sentences :
  • Are we nearing the light—a day of freedom and of peace for all mankind?
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • It was nearing sundown when Kingozi emerged from his tent and gave the signal to move.
  • Extract from : « The Leopard Woman » by Stewart Edward White
  • The coachman, nearing the goal, had given the horse his head.
  • Extract from : « Casanova's Homecoming » by Arthur Schnitzler
  • The doctor is nearing them rapidly; they can imagine the shepherd's tartan.
  • Extract from : « A Doctor of the Old School, Part 3 » by Ian Maclaren
  • The hands of the clock on the front of the Strangers' Gallery were nearing six.
  • Extract from : « The Coryston Family » by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The ship was nearing port, and a heavy cleaning was in progress.
  • Extract from : « The Monkey That Would Not Kill » by Henry Drummond
  • Christmas was nearing, and Mrs. Wilcox felt behindhand with the presents.
  • Extract from : « Howards End » by E. M. Forster
  • Mrs. Lake's term as president of Scarford Chapter was nearing its end.
  • Extract from : « Cap'n Dan's Daughter » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • By the time it is nearing completion it has become to him a very real edifice.
  • Extract from : « Shavings » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I was nearing the end of the operation when she came over to watch.
  • Extract from : « The Rise of Roscoe Paine » by Joseph C. Lincoln

Synonyms for nearing

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