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near

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adverb \ˈnir\

Simple Definition of near

  • : close to someone or something in distance

  • : not far away in time

  • : almost or nearly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of near

  1. 1 :  at, within, or to a short distance or time <sunset was drawing near>

  2. 2 :  almost, nearly <was near dead>

  3. 3 :  in a close or intimate manner :  closely <near related>

  4. 4 archaic :  in a frugal manner

Examples of near in a sentence

  1. The plant was near dead when I got it.

  2. <as the campers grew cold, so they gravitated nearer to the campfire>



Origin and Etymology of near

Middle English ner, partly from ner nearer, from Old English nēar, comparative of nēah nigh; partly from Old Norse nær nearer, comparative of nā- nigh — more at nigh


First Known Use: 13th century


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near

preposition

Simple Definition of near

  • : close to (something or someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of near

  1. :  close to <beaches near the city> <seemed to be near death>

Examples of near in a sentence

  1. I left the box near the door.

  2. The cat won't go near fire.

  3. There are several beaches near here.

  4. She came home near midnight.

  5. We feared he was near death.



13th Century

First Known Use of near

13th century


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near

adjective

Simple Definition of near

  • : located a short distance away

  • : not far away in time

  • —used to refer to the side, end, etc., that is closer

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of near

  1. 1 a :  not far distant in time, place, or degree <in the near future> b :  almost happening :  narrowly missed or avoided <a near win in the primary> <a near midair collision> c :  nearly not happening <a near escape>

  2. 2 :  closely related or intimately associated <her nearest and dearest friend>

  3. 3 a :  being the closer of two <the near side> b :  being the left-hand one of a pair <the near wheel of a cart>

  4. 4 :  direct, short <the nearest road>

  5. 5 :  stingy, closefisted

  6. 6 a :  closely resembling the standard or typical <a near desert> b :  approximating the genuine <near silk>

nearness

noun

Examples of near in a sentence

  1. The nearest grocery store is three blocks away.

  2. The near side headlight is out.



14th Century

First Known Use of near

14th century


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near

verb

Simple Definition of near

  • : to come closer in space or time to someone or something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of near

Examples of near in a sentence

  1. As the date of the performance neared, we grew more and more anxious.

  2. He always cheers up when baseball season nears.

  3. The airplane began to descend as it neared the island.

  4. He must be nearing 80 years of age.

  5. The negotiators were nearing a decision.



Circa 1522

First Known Use of near

circa 1522



NEAR Defined for Kids

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near

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adverb \ˈnir\

Definition of near for Students

nearer

nearest

  1. 1 :  at, within, or to a short distance or time <Don't go any nearer.> <Night drew near.>

  2. 2 :  almost, nearly <The weather was near perfect.>




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near

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preposition

Definition of near for Students

  1. :  close to <We'll take a table near the window.>




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near

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adjective

Definition of near for Students

nearer

nearest

  1. 1 :  closely related or associated <a near relative>

  2. 2 :  not far away in distance or time <the nearest exit> <the near future>

  3. 3 :  coming close :  narrow <a near miss>

  4. 4 :  being the closer of two <the near side>

nearness

noun



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near

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verb

Definition of near for Students

neared

nearing

  1. :  to come near :  approach <As they neared the burrow Willie … came galloping toward them … — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill>





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