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near

adverb \ ˈnir \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of near

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

Synonyms
around, by, close, hard, in, nearby, nigh, at close quarters, at hand, on one's doorstep, within call
Antonyms
exactly, precisely
Related Words
hereabouts (or hereabout), hereaway (or hereaways) [dialect], thereabouts (also thereabout); along, alongside; accessibly, conveniently, handily
Near Antonyms
distantly, remotely

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near

preposition

Definition of near

: 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, by, around, next to, nigh
Related Words
alongside, beside; across, along, at; circa; toward (or towards)

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near

adjective

Definition of near

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

near Synonyms

Synonyms
closer, hither, nigher, this
Antonyms
far, farther, further, opposite, other, that
Related Words
fore, forward, front, inside
Near Antonyms
distant, remote, remoter; back, outside

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near

verb

Definition of near

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 Synonyms

Synonyms
belly up, close, close in, come up, draw on, approach, nigh
Antonyms
back (up or away), recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
Related Words
arrive, attain, come, gain, hit, land, make, reach, show up, turn up, waltz up; creep up, sneak up; adjoin, border, touch, verge
Near Antonyms
clear out, depart, exit, go, leave, light out, pull out, quit, remove, run away, shove (off), take off, walk out

NEAR Defined for English Language Learners

near

adverb

Definition of near for English Language Learners

  • : close to someone or something in distance

  • : not far away in time

  • : almost or nearly


near

preposition

Definition of near for English Language Learners

  • : close to (something or someone)


near

adjective

Definition of near for English Language Learners

  • : located a short distance away

  • : not far away in time

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


near

verb

Definition of near for English Language Learners

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


NEAR Defined for Kids

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near

adverb \ ˈnir \

Definition of near for Students

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.

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near

preposition

Definition of near for Students

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

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near

adjective

Definition of near for Students

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

Definition of near for Students

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


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