What does “be” mean here?

Every time one of their men was lost, the white pieces showed no
mercy. Soon there was a huddle of limp black players slumped along the
wall. Twice, Ron only just noticed in time that Harry and Hermione
were in danger. He himself darted around the board, taking almost as
many white pieces as they had lost black ones.
We’re nearly there [= (at) the entrance of next room],” he muttered suddenly. “Let me think let me think…” (Harry Potter and
the Sorcerer’s Stone)

Does ‘are’ mean 2 or 5 in OALD or something else? : It seems to me 5. If yes, can the phrase be substituted with ‘we nearly arrived there’?

2 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition to be located; to be in a place

5 [INTRANSITIVE] + adverb/preposition to attend an event; to be present in a place

Is there any way I can easily determine things like this for future reference?


According to me, it’s 2- to be in a place. We’re nearly there. It can’t be replaced by- we nearly arrived there. We can at most say- we have nearly reached there.

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