Antonyms for nears

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : neer
Phonetic Transcription : nɪər

Definition of nears

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.
  • As in : noun short distance
  • As in approach : verb come nearer
  • As in approximate : verb come close
  • As in loom : verb appear, often imposingly
  • As in rival : verb oppose; be a match for
  • As in bear down : verb close in on
  • As in border on : verb come close to; approximate
  • As in come : verb advance, approach
  • As in go : verb advance, proceed physically
Example sentences :
  • “Signalise her to heave-to when she nears us,” said Captain Lascelles.
  • Extract from : « The Three Midshipmen » by W.H.G. Kingston
  • Still it hurries onward, with velocity augmented, as it nears its term.
  • Extract from : « Western Characters » by J. L. McConnel
  • One of a woman's frequent failings is shifting the reins as she nears a jump.
  • Extract from : « How Women Should Ride » by C. De Hurst
  • As one nears the goal of one's pilgrimage, the way is marked by stations of the cross.
  • Extract from : « Tyrol and its People » by Clive Holland
  • He knows your ship; so soon as it nears one island, he is off to another.
  • Extract from : « In the South Seas » by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • As he nears the battery the Louisiana color-bearer falls dead.
  • Extract from : « The Little Lady of Lagunitas » by Richard Henry Savage
  • Aided by demagogues, the rule of the "Roughs" nears its culmination.
  • Extract from : « The Little Lady of Lagunitas » by Richard Henry Savage
  • Who then, tell me, old and sad, Nears us with a heavy tread?
  • Extract from : « Songs of Labor and Other Poems » by Morris Rosenfeld
  • He nears--he reaches--they are side by side; Now one--now th' other--by a length the victor.
  • Extract from : « Mosaics of Grecian History » by Marcius Willson
  • When she nears the wharf Jenks will haul his tops'l to set her aback.
  • Extract from : « Wilderness of Spring » by Edgar Pangborn

Synonyms for nears

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019