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)

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Other Words from near

Adjective

nearness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for near

Synonyms: Adverb

around, by, close, hard, in, nearby, nigh

Synonyms: Preposition

about, around, by, next to, nigh

Synonyms: Adjective

closer, hither, nigher, this

Synonyms: Verb

approach, belly up, close, close in, come up, draw on, nigh

Antonyms: Adjective

far, farther, further, opposite, other, that

Antonyms: Verb

back (up or away), recede, retire, retreat, withdraw

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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 actress and former Saturday Night Live cast member is a Massachusetts native, and her parents are reportedly relocating to Martha’s Vineyard, which is very near Cuttyhunk. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Jenny Slate to give commencement speech at elementary school with one graduate," 5 June 2019 Albert Castiglia released his most recent album in May. But putting out a new record for a seasoned blues musician was nowhere near as exciting for him as what happened in May a year ago. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Blues singer Albert Castiglia composes ‘Masterpiece’ after shocking news he became a dad - 30 years ago," 4 June 2019 Just a few days in the future, the unimaginable will happen—Notre-Dame, so near here, will burn, and the world will look on in sadness and horror. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Cartier Celebrates Its Latest Collection With a Lavish Parisian Fete," 19 Apr. 2019 When kids immediately fell in love with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader, their action figures were nowhere near ready. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 But the songs from Mary Poppins Returns, unfortunately, are nowhere near as memorable. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the 2019 Golden Globes nominations," 6 Dec. 2018 But solar and wind are nowhere near big enough yet to replace fossil fuels. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.," 5 Dec. 2018 But as the trip grew near, the reality started to set in. Shanelle Drakeford, Allure, "My Fear of Losing Control Was Holding Me Back — Here’s How I Conquered It," 25 Sep. 2018 Andy Murray is nowhere near ready to make a deep run at a slam. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Wimbledon 2018 Preview Roundtable: Predictions, Dark Horses, More," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

The Red Devils had been shut out only once, a 14-0 loss to Steubenville near the end of the regular season. cleveland.com, "Gilmour Academy defeats St. Clairsville 2-0 to advance to Div. II state baseball championship," 8 June 2019 The Pirates clearly lacked energy and were unable to play anywhere near their best. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "3 takeaways from Louisville baseball's dream NCAA Super Regional," 8 June 2019 But near the end of this exhibition there are images of St. Jerome, made throughout Rembrandt’s life. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "The Rijksmuseum displayed ‘all the Rembrandts,’ and crowds went crazy," 7 June 2019 Both bills passed near the end of the legislative session, which ended Friday. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al.com, "New Alabama law will prohibit sales of vaping products to minors," 6 June 2019 The major exceptions to that are an episode near the end of the run, which flashes back to a young Anna arriving in the city, offering a glimpse at just how grim the bad old days were. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Tales of the City' Netflix revival misses some tales worth telling," 6 June 2019 Nowitzki announced his retirement from the NBA on April 9 near the end of the regular season. Jenna West, SI.com, "Dallas to Name Street After Dirk Nowitzki Near American Airlines Center," 6 June 2019 When Andrew Bogut took a charge from Serge Ibaka near the end of the second quarter, in front of the Warriors’ bench, half the bench sprinted over to give big Bogut the NBA buddy-lift. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ ‘Strength in Numbers’ takes Game 3 gut punch. Here’s the reality," 5 June 2019 Air Canada and Transat signed a 30-day exclusive negotiating period last month, which is set to expire near the end of June, Transat... Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Montreal Developer Moves to Thwart Air Canada’s Transat Takeover," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The forecasts point to manufacturing and overall economic growth in the near future for Houston, but the rate of growth is anticipated to slow. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Manufacturing sector continues to slow its pace in Houston: survey," 10 June 2019 The aim is to forestall and defuse national security risks more effectively, Xinhua said, adding that detailed measures would be unveiled in the near future. Washington Post, "China may restrict tech access in spiraling US trade dispute," 9 June 2019 Next Up In Gaming Command Line delivers daily updates from the near-future. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Pear Quest is like playing an adventure game in a Where’s Waldo? illustration," 9 June 2019 But while there will still (officially) be no mutants in the MCU in the near future, these drastic steps to separate the franchises are probably history. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Why Fans Think The X-Men Have An MCU Reboot In Their Future," 8 June 2019 Slade will rule on the suppression in the near future, 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler told reporters after the hearing. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "STEM School shooting suspect appears in court; affidavit explaining case evidence remains hidden from public," 7 June 2019 Looking primarily at the rapidly declining oil sector, the Brookings Institution estimated that more than 5 million more Venezuelans could flee in the near future, rivaling the Syrian refugee crisis. Molly O'toole, latimes.com, "Venezuela, now a top source of U.S. asylum claims, poses a challenge for Trump," 5 June 2019 That's the near future Rohit Prasad, vice president and head scientist for Alexa, unveiled Wednesday at Amazon's re:MARS artificial intelligence conference in Las Vegas. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Alexa will soon be able to book your date night — including dinner, movie, and a ride," 5 June 2019 The near-future dishwasher has a hazard warning when the knives are blades up. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Black Mirror season 5 stops worrying and learns to love technology: EW review," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the trial neared, Hunter scaled back, dropping claims involving fraud and deceit, which would require showing intent. Ellen Florian, Fortune, "J&J Called a 'Kingpin' in Opioid Case That Could Be a Test for 1,600 More Lawsuits," 7 June 2019 As the world's largest economy nears its longest-ever expansion in July, the employment report may amplify rhetoric that Fed rate cuts are needed to support growth. oregonlive.com, "Job and wage growth slows as trade war weighs on economy," 7 June 2019 As the first Democratic debate nears, and Mr. Biden carefully nurtures his lead in the polls, his opponents have begun the delicate footwork of going on the attack without appearing as the aggressor. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democratic Candidates Go After Joe Biden, but Not by Name," 6 June 2019 Renault’s board met outside Paris to discuss Fiat Chrysler’s offer but no decision had been announced as midnight neared. Washington Post, "Renault delays decision — again — on Fiat Chrysler merger," 5 June 2019 For banks and companies, more hard work is ahead as Brexit nears. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Standard Chartered Hopes No-Deal Brexit Planning Will Boost Growth," 4 June 2019 The National Hurricane Center lowered the probability of development from 60 percent to 40 percent on Tuesday morning as the system neared the northeast coast of Mexico. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Time running out for Gulf tropical wave while attention turns to rain potential," 4 June 2019 Meghan and her mom are notably close, and Doria was present for the royal baby's birth, after arriving in London in recent weeks as Meghan neared her due date. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Mom Doria Ragland Is "Overjoyed" About Her First Grandchild," 6 May 2019 As the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots nears and the LGBTQ fundraising season swells, one of the highlights is undoubtedly the Center’s annual dinner. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Lena Waithe and Don Lemon Are Honored at the Center’s Annual Dinner," 19 Apr. 2019

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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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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

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
: 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

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.

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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