near

adverb
\ ˈnir \

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

View this post on Instagram 🎶Faithful friends who are dear to us... will be near to us once more🎶 #ALegendaryChristmas comes to NBC on Wednesday, November 28! Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Grills Michael B. Jordan on His Dating Habits," 21 Nov. 2018 And the VCs, to your earlier point, most of them are good on ideas, but not anywhere near as good with scaling. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why tech companies need to reinvent themselves every three to four years," 10 Oct. 2018 While relief may be on the way, the dog days of summer are nowhere near over. Patricia Madej, Philly.com, "Pools, frozen treats and the Shore: Guide to coping with Philly's heat and humidity," 19 June 2018 The Justice Department, without citing a figure, confirmed a pact was near. Tom Schoenberg, latimes.com, "RBS to pay $4.9 billion to settle U.S. claims it sold risky mortgage bonds, half of what was expected," 10 May 2018 Jackson is not considered anywhere near as good as that first fighter Punk fought but should still be able to beat him. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Is 'the Truth' that CM Punk's UFC bout is a sucker's bet?," 17 Apr. 2018 The 2018 march, which unfolded in hundreds of other cities across the nation on Saturday, was nowhere near as well-attended as the inaugural event a year ago, when 15,000 people paraded through downtown San Diego to support scientific research. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Knowledge, research celebrated at San Diego March for Science," 14 Apr. 2018 The offensive line understands last season was nowhere near good enough. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football trying to simplify offensive line after coaching change," 5 Apr. 2018 In the hands of Mr. Fennimore, a curator emeritus at Winterthur Museum, and Mr. Hohmann, a collector of 18th-century clocks and furniture, admiration and scholarship coexist in near-perfect harmony. Kirk Davis Swinehart, WSJ, "‘Claggett’ Review: Newport’s Illustrious Clocks," 16 Nov. 2018

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The Palace announced yesterday afternoon that the Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh had been involved in a road traffic accident near Sandringham Estate. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Philip Went to the Hospital Following Car Accident, Buckingham Palace Reveals," 18 Jan. 2019 There didn’t seem to be any distortion near the small portion of the screen with the most physical bend, either. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Victory, Royole: The FlexPai is the first folding phone we've seen," 10 Jan. 2019 WireGuard also still offers near-magical connection times for those who have to make and break their VPN connections frequently. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Testing WireGuard with an early-adopter VPN service," 11 Dec. 2018 Jayme Closs has been missing since sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call early on the morning of Oct. 15 found the door to her family’s home near Barron kicked in and her parents, James and Denise Closs, dead inside. Jeff Baenen, The Seattle Times, "Authorities assess items found in search for missing girl," 23 Oct. 2018 Officials said about 1,200 masked and hooded protesters took to the streets, swarming local shops, smashing windows and even torching a McDonald’s near Austerlitz station. Fox News, "Violent Paris May Day protests leaves cars torched, McDonald's smashed; more than 100 arrested," 2 Oct. 2018 Having been spotted doing some last-minute Christmas shopping in Norfolk, near to the Queen's Sandringham estate, over the weekend, Kate Middleton appeared to be well-prepared for the festive season. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Festive Red Catherine Walker Coat to the Christmas Day Church Service," 25 Dec. 2018 Wirtanen, in particular, tends to hang out mostly near the orbit of Jupiter. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Why Is the 'Christmas Comet' Green?," 18 Dec. 2018 In the video, Joel Courtney, who played Lee in The Kissing Booth, is seen hanging out near a Dance Dance Revolution game while Joey sneaks around him. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "“The Kissing Booth”’s Joey King Just Posted A Video Of A Hilarious Prank She Played On Set," 13 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The near future is bright with PYTs, exceptional actors and actresses, and a few notable comeback stories that are sure to make headlines. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These Are the 15 Stars That Will Be Inspiring Fashion Designers in 2019," 4 Jan. 2019 In the near future, a strange plague sweeps over the world. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Fresh data released Thursday morning show the job market is likely to remain on a solid footing in the near future. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Markets Are Already Volatile. A Long Shutdown Could Make It Worse.," 27 Dec. 2018 That’ll yield a joint that is primed for further failure in the near future. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "So You Want To Fix Your Chimney," 21 Dec. 2018 As many people bundle up in near-arctic temperatures around the country, Kendall Jenner is celebrating the holiday season by hitting the Malibu beaches wearing actual lingerie. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore Lingerie on the Beach and It Was Genius," 19 Dec. 2018 Palace aides may or may not have felt for the nearest fainting couch when an October paparazzi photo showed Mulroney crouched on the street in New York, sneaking a cigarette. Michelle Ruiz, Marie Claire, "I Respect Jessica Mulroney's Hustle—and Her Loyalty to Meghan Markle," 18 Dec. 2018 Sony has long made public the percentage of a game's players that have earned any specific trophy on PSN (rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony inadvertently leaks player counts for PS4 titles," 17 Dec. 2018 However, the two phones might not look too much different: the A8s is the first phone to feature Samsung’s new Infinity-O display, a near-edge-to-edge screen that has a small hole in the right corner for the selfie camera, rather than a notch. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The new Samsung A8s could be our first look at the Galaxy S10's notchless 'hole-punch' display," 10 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pippa Middleton is nearing her due date, but that isn't stopping her from hitting the gym. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Just Stepped Out in the Perfect Fall Maternity Coat," 26 Sep. 2018 Lake Station is nearing its goal of raising $31,000 for an ADA-accessible kayak and canoe launch at Veterans Park along Deep River on Putnam Street, near Indiana 51. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Lake Station nears fundraising goal for ADA-accessible kayak, canoe launch," 29 May 2018 If the economy overheats, one or more of those resources nears its limits, scarcity drives prices up and inflation ensues. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Wage growth hit historic lows earlier this year, although unemployment is limited, and the value of new mortgages has neared all-time lows, after more than a year of home-price declines. Kevin Kingsbury, WSJ, "Australian Banks Head for Worst Year Since Financial Crisis," 19 Dec. 2018 The fellow South Korean automaker is nearing the release of the Niro EV, an all-electric SUV that’s largely built on the same technological platform as the Kona. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Hyundai’s Kona EV has great range and costs as much as the average car," 17 Dec. 2018 In a particular scene nearing the end of the film, while one Vanessa as Stacey is kissing her prince (played by Sam Palladio), the other Vanessa, as Margaret, is nowhere to be seen. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Fans Spotted Mistakes in Netflix's "The Princess Switch," Including Vanessa Hudgens's Body Double," 19 Nov. 2018 But as that day nears, royal fans have begun to take notice of how much he's done with his existing role. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Maybe Prince Charles is a Royal Workaholic, According to Prince Harry," 10 Nov. 2018 More than a week after Florence crashed into the Carolinas, all the water from heavy rains is nearing the coast. Fox News, "Florence: Severe flooding feared near South Carolina coast," 24 Sep. 2018

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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 \
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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