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

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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 Many mountain rivers are showing near-perfect flows with cold water temperatures, and the U.S. Forest Service is opening many campgrounds this week in anticipation of the start of trout season. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Guide to trout fishing in Northern California in the summer of 2021," 22 Apr. 2021 How much of his success was due to a near-perfect situation in Tuscaloosa? Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Draft: Top Quarterbacks," 18 Apr. 2021 The team has started slowly offensively though picked it up Wednesday in an 8-0 victory that featured Carlos Rodón’s no-hitter and near-perfect game. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago White Sox lose to the Cleveland Indians 4-2 in shortstop Tim Anderson’s return," 15 Apr. 2021 That could be a nonstarter for the Ravens, who, in recent drafts, have almost always taken offensive and defensive linemen with near-perfect attendance. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens seven-round mock draft (Version 2.0): Grabbing an edge rusher and gambling on a center," 12 Apr. 2021 But the Empire have to be near perfect to knock off a FaZe team that’s in form. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "‘Shotzzy,’ Dallas Empire feel they are ‘right there’ with Atlanta FaZe, but small mistakes cost them in 3-1 loss," 10 Apr. 2021 The Hoyas had won the two regular-season meetings, but the Wildcats would pull a huge upset by shooting 22-for-28 from the field in a near-perfect performance that was clinched by late free throws. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "2021 Gonzaga Bulldogs among seven best men's basketball teams without NCAA Tournament title," 6 Apr. 2021 After Peralta departed, Brent Suter worked three innings of near-perfect relief, allowing only a walk to pinch hitter Matt Duffy in the eighth. Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, "Peralta pitches 5 innings as Brewers blank Cubs 4-0," 6 Apr. 2021 Their near-perfect performance came two weeks and one day after they were awarded the Peninsula Conference championship in spectacularly strange fashion. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Lumen Christi dominates to force a running clock and leave no doubt who’s No. 1 in Class 1A boys basketball," 4 Apr. 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, "Staying hot and humid through the weekend," 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, "DC paints huge Black Lives Matter mural near White House," 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, "Virgin Atlantic to Resume Flights to the U.S. and Asia in July," 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, "David McAtee's barbecue stand was a safe haven. But one deadly night changed everything," 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, "Comparing US race issues to “Black Mirror” trivializes a real crisis," 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, "Free exchange Japan probes the limits of economic policy," 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, "America’s Natural-Gas Woes Are Imported," 4 June 2020 Van Nuys had its hottest May ever recorded, and several other SoCal cities experienced near-record highs. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: Sheriff tells people they're welcome to not use 911; waiting on 300 million masks," 3 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The community backlash was near-universal (rare these days when all sides come together on an issue). Erik Kain, Forbes, "Sony Isn’t Closing Down The PS3 And PS Vita Stores After All—For Now," 20 Apr. 2021 Ingargiola, 95 and still all Marine, recently survived a near-fatal bout with COVID-19, spending more than a month in the hospital. BostonGlobe.com, "Saying farewell to the Greatest Generation," 15 Apr. 2021 The new law would provide almost all American families $3,000 for each child up to age 18 and $3,600 for children under 5 this year — a near-universal child allowance. Los Angeles Times, "Lifting kids out of poverty could be Biden’s legacy, but cost raises doubts," 13 Apr. 2021 Such fraud and abuse may be incentivized in the very near term, but that potential will grow more far-fetched as the vaccines become available to more Americans. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Vaccine Passports Are Inevitable," 9 Apr. 2021 On June 16, 2014, Clayton was injured in a near-fatal crash on a Los Angeles freeway. NBC News, "Beloved background singer Merry Clayton enters her own spotlight," 7 Apr. 2021 The nurse first moved to Louisville after a near-fatal accident inspired him to dedicate his life to helping others. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "'Always had a smile': A Louisville nurse dies from coronavirus," 6 Apr. 2021 This is the former child star’s bid for control of her reputation following a near-fatal drug overdose in 2018, which caused multiple strokes, a heart attack, and brain damage that continues to affect her vision. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, "Will Demi Lovato’s Sexual Assault Revelations Finally Put a Dent in Disney’s Purity Culture?," 23 Mar. 2021 The singer's unflinchingly honest four-part YouTube docuseries, helmed by Michael D. Ratner (produced by OBB Pictures and SB Projects), covers not only Lovato's near-fatal overdose but also previously untold traumas that led to her addiction. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Everything we learned from Demi Lovato's docuseries Dancing With the Devil," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Temperatures dip to a range from the mid-20s to near freezing for lows. Washington Post, "PM Update: Another cold night ahead, then a weekend of warming temperatures," 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, "Watch out for black ice tonight on roads across Alabama," 15 Feb. 2021 The Federal Reserve predicts unemployment will not near pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2023. Anchorage Daily News, "The COVID-19 recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history," 1 Oct. 2020 The Federal Reserve predicts unemployment will not near pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2023. Anchorage Daily News, "The COVID-19 recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history," 1 Oct. 2020 The Federal Reserve predicts unemployment will not near pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2023. Anchorage Daily News, "The COVID-19 recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history," 1 Oct. 2020 The Federal Reserve predicts unemployment will not near pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2023. Anchorage Daily News, "The COVID-19 recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history," 1 Oct. 2020 The Federal Reserve predicts unemployment will not near pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2023. Anchorage Daily News, "The COVID-19 recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history," 1 Oct. 2020 The Federal Reserve predicts unemployment will not near pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2023. Anchorage Daily News, "The COVID-19 recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history," 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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26 Apr 2021

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“Near.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/near. Accessed 6 May. 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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