near

adverb
\ ˈnir How to pronounce near (audio) \

Definition of near

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : at, within, or to a short distance or time sunset was drawing near
2 : almost, nearly was near dead
3 : in a close or intimate manner : closely near related
4 archaic : in a frugal manner

Definition of near (Entry 2 of 4)

: close to beaches near the city seemed to be near death

near

adjective

Definition of near (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : 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 : closely related or intimately associated her nearest and dearest friend
3a : being the closer of two the near side
b : being the left-hand one of a pair the near wheel of a cart
4 : direct, short the nearest road
6a : closely resembling the standard or typical a near desert
b : approximating the genuine near silk

near

verb
neared; nearing; nears

Definition of near (Entry 4 of 4)

Other Words from near

Adjective

nearness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for near

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of near in a Sentence

Adverb The plant was near dead when I got it. as the campers grew cold, so they gravitated nearer to the campfire Preposition I left the box near the door. The cat won't go near fire. There are several beaches near here. She came home near midnight. We feared he was near death. Adjective The nearest grocery store is three blocks away. The near side headlight is out. Verb As the date of the performance neared, we grew more and more anxious. He always cheers up when baseball season nears. The airplane began to descend as it neared the island. He must be nearing 80 years of age. The negotiators were nearing a decision.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The following year, West managed to earn a pair of Album of the Year nominations again, somehow doing the near-impossible in back-to-back ceremonies. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 In taking over Disney at the moment the COVID-19 pandemic walloped the U.S., Chapek faced a near-impossible task, while also having to operate in the shadow of his predecessor. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 But the legislation is unlikely to pass the Senate, since Democrats would need a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority to get anything through the chamber—a near-impossible task in the current political climate. Max Ufberg, Fortune, 3 Dec. 2021 But if that franchise isn’t one of the three teams Kane lists in his no-trade clause as a suitable destination, the Sharks could have a near-impossible time unloading him. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Nov. 2021 Mel Tucker will try to accomplish the near-impossible on Saturday when Ohio State hosts Michigan State. Stephen Means, cleveland, 16 Nov. 2021 But despite the near-impossible task, the Smallville pilot more than delivers on every aspect. Christian Holub, EW.com, 16 Oct. 2021 Ten years later in 2013, Dixon achieved the near-impossible again, jumping from 49 points back in second (going 1st, 2nd, 5th) to win by 27. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Sep. 2021 Needless to say, leaving empty-handed is a near-impossible feat. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Low storm chances will be possible mid-afternoon today near and east of the DFW area. Dallas News, 6 June 2020 The mural ends near St. John’s Episcopal Church, where Trump staged a photo-op on Monday after officers in riot gear fired tear gas and charged demonstrators to make way for the president and his entourage. Ben Fox, Anchorage Daily News, 5 June 2020 In April, Virgin Atlantic temporarily suspended all passenger flights after weeks of operating near-empty flights due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2020 Chaos inside the barbecue shack An LMPD officer fired pepper balls to disperse people near the barbecue shack, and then into the kitchen through the open door, video released by police shows. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 2020 For the most part, Black Mirror is a series extrapolating the dark ramifications of humanity’s obsession with technology to dystopian near-future settings. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 5 June 2020 The path its leaders took in their efforts to lift weak growth, chronically low inflation and near-zero interest rates has been followed, repeatedly, by others in the rich world. The Economist, 4 June 2020 Prices reflect the storage glut: Henry Hub near-term futures are at $1.82 per million British thermal units, just 27 cents above their multiyear low... Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 4 June 2020 Van Nuys had its hottest May ever recorded, and several other SoCal cities experienced near-record highs. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, 3 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The near-term is going to be a challenge, and our hospitals are going to continue to fill with patients. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 7 Jan. 2022 So, almost unbelievably, the near-term fate of the health-care system once again hinges on flattening the curve—on slowing the spread of the most transmissible variant yet, in a matter of days rather than weeks. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 7 Jan. 2022 So will the rally continue or is a decline looking more likely in the near term? Trefis Team, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, Apple faces the near-term challenge inherent in a cyclical business for which product cycles are getting longer. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 In the near term, some health officials are also warning against dining indoors or traveling, given the amount of coronavirus circulating. Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 Some lines, including Carnival, are prohibiting smoking in casinos in the near term. Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Dec. 2021 The lobbying group for major U.S. air carriers, Airlines for America, said the administration had indicated that such a mandate wasn’t coming in the near term. Time, 28 Dec. 2021 The fast-moving omicron variant is proving to be the biggest near-term wild card. NBC News, 27 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fresno, California, could also near its all-time temperature record of 115 degrees on Sunday. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 11 July 2021 Several cities in Colorado, including Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins, are expected to near or reach triple-digit heat Tuesday. Editors, USA TODAY, 15 June 2021 Temperatures will near or surpass 100 degrees in cities such as Portland and Seattle. Editors, USA TODAY, 26 June 2021 Temperatures dip to a range from the mid-20s to near freezing for lows. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 Black ice isn’t actually black but can be difficult to near impossible to see on road surfaces -- especially at night. Leigh Morgan, al, 15 Feb. 2021 The Federal Reserve predicts unemployment will not near pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2023. Anchorage Daily News, 1 Oct. 2020 The Federal Reserve predicts unemployment will not near pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2023. Anchorage Daily News, 1 Oct. 2020 The Federal Reserve predicts unemployment will not near pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2023. Anchorage Daily News, 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of near

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1522, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for near

Adverb, Preposition, Adjective, and Verb

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

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The first known use of near was in the 13th century

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8 Jan 2022

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“Near.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/near. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for near

near

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of near

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: close to someone or something in distance
: not far away in time
: almost or nearly

near

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of near (Entry 2 of 4)

: close to (something or someone)

near

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of near (Entry 3 of 4)

: located a short distance away : close
: not far away in time
used to refer to the side, end, etc., that is closer

near

verb

English Language Learners Definition of near (Entry 4 of 4)

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

near

adverb
\ ˈnir How to pronounce near (audio) \
nearer; nearest

Kids Definition of near

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : at, within, or to a short distance or time Don't go any nearer. Night drew near.
2 : almost, nearly The weather was near perfect.

near

preposition

Kids Definition of near (Entry 2 of 4)

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

near

adjective
nearer; nearest

Kids Definition of near (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : closely related or associated a near relative
2 : not far away in distance or time the nearest exit the near future
3 : coming close : narrow a near miss
4 : being the closer of two the near side

Other Words from near

nearness noun

near

verb
neared; nearing

Kids Definition of near (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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