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 space agency has opted for an approach that encourages commercial activity near and on the Moon. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal," 10 Dec. 2018 But Amazon was a smaller threat then, and the StubHub and Classifieds businesses are nowhere near the size that PayPal was. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Can Activist Lightning Strike Twice for eBay?," 22 Jan. 2019 The day’s high temperature is expected to be near 77 degrees, with a nighttime low of about 60, according to an online forecast from the National Weather Service in Norton. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Showers and storms to be followed by cooler weather in Boston area," 11 July 2018 Bill Hancock, who became the executive director of the BCS in 2009 and currently oversees the playoff, entered the LSU-Alabama game knowing change was near. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Did the LSU-Alabama Rematch Really Kill the BCS?," 10 July 2018 The baby is the object of a fair amount of territorial disputes this week, with June longing to nurse and cuddle her child and Serena fiercely declaring that June shouldn’t go anywhere near her. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale introduces a burst of dark camp in “Postpartum”," 4 July 2018 Anyone familiar with the streets of Baltimore has seen a teenage boy in late morning on a sidewalk somewhere, either taking his time getting to school or headed nowhere near it. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Rodricks: Failure in the city, death in the county," 22 May 2018 The former party boy, who, before his engagement to Meghan Markle, often made tabloid headlines for his devilish romps near and far (in Las Vegas, to be exact), seems to have turned a new leaf. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019 Options markets show investors rushing for protection, but not yet anywhere near as much as in 2016. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Markets Corrected Investor Mistakes This Year, And it Hurts," 20 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Two hours west in Durham sits the Pit, a modern place near downtown where urbanites can choose... Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court to Deliberate Fate of Partisan Gerrymandering—Again," 24 Mar. 2019 The school was founded by Claire Hotchkiss and her husband along with Hotchkiss Industries which seems to run at or near the college. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Beacon Heights University on "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists"," 21 Mar. 2019 Streamline your travel experience from the start by booking with a car rental company that's located at or near the airport. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, "6 Rental Car Tips That'll Save You Time and Money on Your Next Family Trip," 1 Mar. 2019 This is not a drill: Chip and Joanna Gaines are opening yet another vacation rental house near their home of Waco, Texas. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Just Secretly Opened a Third Vacation Rental," 26 Feb. 2019 F-35s would have to fly very close to the launch location, placing them near enemy air defenses. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Wars' Lite? We Explain Trump's Missile Defense Strategy," 17 Jan. 2019 In 1996, the 9,000-year-old skeleton of an early North American man washed out of a muddy bank of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, and into 20 years of controversy. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities," 27 Dec. 2018 Faraday Future started out the year on a high note, having escaped from near-bankruptcy after finding a then-unnamed eleventh-hour investor. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future dealt potentially crippling blow while almost out of cash," 30 Nov. 2018 Narrow by price, style (Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency, Art Deco, and more) and even search for items that are available for local pickup near you. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Here's Where to Buy Vintage Furniture Online, No Matter What Your Style Is," 29 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Who knows, maybe William and Harry will even team up again in the near future. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Reportedly Thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship Was Moving Too Fast," 11 Apr. 2019 So, could George and Charlotte (and maybe even Prince Louis) start collecting badges in the near future? Vogue, "Will This Be Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s New After-School Activity?," 28 Mar. 2019 Neither of those possibilities seems terribly likely, at least in the near future. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "What AI Is Still Far From Figuring Out," 20 Mar. 2019 Like Luke Skywalker, the Air Force pilot of the near future could interact with the AI via voice commands. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force's New AI Is Like R2-D2 for Fighter Jets," 19 Mar. 2019 Harry will spend the 27th in a place that's near and dear to his heart. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Why Prince Harry Is Missing This Important Anniversary With Meghan Markle," 20 Nov. 2018 Haeder, who is a professor of political science specializing in healthcare policy at West Virginia University, thinks a tipping point is near. Stephanie Booth, Fox News, "Is your hospital bill accurate?," 27 Sep. 2018 With warmer weather around the corner, why not fantasize about all of the fruit salads you are destined to eat (and wear!) in the near future? Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "A Funky Fruit Print Is a Fresh Alternative to Spring Florals," 12 Mar. 2019 The biggest near-term threat remains trade, with Washington as America’s most trade dependent/vulnerable state. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "So far, economy’s Big Mo’ can’t be stopped by scandal or bad policies," 5 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Expect the unexpected–Chopra could continue going fashion-forward, go super daring, or lean toward the traditional as the day nears. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Goes Glam for Her Breakfast at Tiffany's Themed Bridal Shower," 29 Oct. 2018 Megan Markle took a break from the celebration (likely because of a nearing due date!),a tradition the couple have participated as far as Fiji and Australia. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Buckingham Palace Is In Bloom: How The Royals Are Celebrating Spring," 21 Mar. 2019 Belichick and Brady were supposedly at odds last year and their relationship was reportedly nearing a breaking point. Rob Maaddi, The Seattle Times, "Still no slowing down the Patriots’ dynasty," 4 Feb. 2019 With 2019 just days away and the social swing nearing its peak, why not ring in January with a irreverently glamorous manicure that can be spotted from across the bar? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Glitter Manicure Shades for Sparkly Days and Starry Nights," 30 Dec. 2018 Production on Riverdale season 3 is nearing an end, but there is still some time to go. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What Will Happen to "Riverdale" Following Luke Perry's Death?," 4 Mar. 2019 In 2015, the disability trust fund was nearing exhaustion. Eric Morath, WSJ, "America’s Hidden Workforce Returns," 26 Jan. 2019 Labor Day is nearing, which usually spells good deals across every category of tech. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "This week’s best deals include affordable Anker battery packs and Amazon devices," 25 Aug. 2018 Despite nearing her spring due date, Meghan has been on the move lately. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived in Morocco Wearing a Striking Red Valentino Cape Dress," 23 Feb. 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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