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

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 two-day turnaround from their near-perfect Game 7 win against the Mavericks was too short. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 Around town, the GTS strikes the near-perfect balance of sport and comfort. Michael Harley, Forbes, 4 June 2021 On Saturday, a high tide of 3.9 feet at 9:34 a.m. is followed by a low tide of 0.9 feet at 2:45 p.m., a near-perfect sequence for catching halibut in the bay. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 June 2021 Other than steadily rising humidity, albeit still on the lower side, today was another near-perfect one for June. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 The lime juice, agave, sea salt and orange peel are indeed detectable in this Mexican lager, but none of the marg components overtake the base brew, yielding a near-perfect day-drinking option. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, 2 June 2021 Available in black, Thunder Blue or Maple Orange, this handsome carryall has more than 90 near-perfect reviews praising its durability and perfect size. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 Deeply pocketed front buckets strike a near-perfect balance between superb lateral support and road-trip comfort. Car and Driver, 21 May 2021 In his collection, Newman held some of the rarest cards and most are in near-perfect condition. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 20 May 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 Whether those gains hold in the near term hinges on the outcome of Tuesday's meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 1 June 2021 Having grown by 72% since the end of 2019, Amazon’s stock still has growth potential in the near term. Trefis Team, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The number of firms expecting better sales in the near term declined to 31% from 66%. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 1 June 2021 If better job prospects in the near term overtake teenagers’ plans for additional education or training, that could also spell trouble. New York Times, 30 May 2021 These factors will drive higher prices, but US policymakers hope only in the near term until regular service resumes. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 28 May 2021 The national tab is likely to increase in the near term as the population ages. Charley Grant, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Major companies from JPMorgan to Eli Lilly have announced near-term dates for office workers to start returning in person. Edward Felsenthal, Time, 28 May 2021 After his business took a near-fatal hit, Munguía has sold pizza close to Avenue 33 for the last three months. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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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“Near.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/near. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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