to come closer to a place [= approach]:
She began to feel nervous as she neared the house.
The ship was nearing the harbour.
to come closer to being in a particular state:
The work is nearing completion.
He's 55 now, and nearing retirement.
to come closer to a particular time:
He was nearing the end of his stay in India.
if a time nears, it gets closer and will come soon:
He got more and more nervous as the day of his departure neared.