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draw near

1. To get close to someone or something, either literally or figuratively. You need to draw near to your family in this time of tragedy. Come on, draw near to the wall so you can see exactly where to put in the nail.
2. To approach or come closer. This usage is typically used to describe the passage of time. As the time to process into the church drew near, the students quieted down and lined up in alphabetical order.
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draw near

 
1. and draw near (to someone or something ) Lit. to come near to someone or something. Draw near to me, and let me look at you. Draw near to the table and look at this.
2. Fig. [for a particular time] to approach. The time to depart is drawing near. As the time for her speech drew near, Ann became more and more nervous.
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This is how he tells of the way in which Aeneas saved his old father by carrying him on his shoulders out of the burning town of Troy when "The crackling flame was heard throughout the walls, and more and more the burning heat drew near.
old Foxey' by his friends from his extreme sagacity,) who encouraged them to the utmost, and whose chief regret, on finding that he drew near to Houndsditch churchyard, was, that his daughter could not take out an attorney's certificate and hold a place upon the roll.
A silent party soon drew near to the same enclosure, entered, and joined the Musketeers.
He therefore drew near to the table and took the second glass.
When she grew up, she was betrothed to a prince who lived a great way off; and as the time drew near for her to be married, she got ready to set off on her journey to his country.
At last, as they drew near the end of their journey, this treacherous servant threatened to kill her mistress if she ever told anyone what had happened.
Do me the pleasure to draw near this glass;' and I drew near the glass.
Charlie obediently sat himself upon a hassock at her feet; the other sinners drew near to catch the words of wisdom about to fall from her lips, and Rose, softened by this gratifying humility, addressed them in her most maternal tone.
Squeezed by the crowding noblemen, he drew near the high table where the marshal of the province, Sviazhsky, and the other leaders were hotly disputing about something.
My heart beat and the blood drummed in my ears, but when they drew near and I rose--the assegai in my hand--once more the red cloth seemed to go up and down before my eyes, and all fear left me.
I drew near houses; I left them, and came back again, and again I wandered away: always repelled by the consciousness of having no claim to ask--no right to expect interest in my isolated lot.
But as they drew near the root of the tongue they hesitated, having discovered that only one regiment could advance into the gorge at a time, and that there, some seventy yards from the mouth of it, unassailable except in front, on account of the high walls of boulder-strewn ground on each side, stood the famous regiment of Greys, the pride and glory of the Kukuana army, ready to hold the way against their power as the three Romans once held the bridge against thousands.
It was impossible not to retreat a day's march, and then in the same way it was impossible not to retreat another and a third day's march, and at last, on the first of September when the army drew near Moscow- despite the strength of the feeling that had arisen in all ranks- the force of circumstances compelled it to retire beyond Moscow.
The crowd detained us as we drew near to the place of celebration.
AS I drew near the house I saw that the light shone from the open door of my room; and then I heard coming from out of the darkness at the side of that orange oblong of light, the voice of Montgomery shouting, "Prendick