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near

adverb \ ˈnir \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018
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

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

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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

near Synonyms

Antonyms

exactly, precisely;

Near Antonyms

due, even, just, sharp, smack-dab, squarely;

Phrases

after a fashion, somewhere about, somewhere around;


2

near

preposition
: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of near

see 1near

near Synonyms

Synonyms

about, around, by, next to, nigh;

Related Words

alongside, beside;

across, along, at;

circa;

toward (or towards);

Phrases

next door to;


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near

adjective
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 : closely related or intimately associated
  • her nearest and dearest friend
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 : direct, short
  • the nearest road
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.

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Origin and Etymology of near

see 1near

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.

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Origin and Etymology of near

see 1near

NEAR Defined for English Language Learners

near

  • : close to someone or something in distance

  • : not far away in time

  • : almost or nearly


near

  • : close to (something or someone)


near

  • : located a short distance away

  • : not far away in time

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


near

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


NEAR Defined for Kids

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near

adverb \ ˈnir \
nearer; nearest
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.

2

near

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

3

near

adjective
nearer; nearest
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

nearness

noun

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near

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


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