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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Adjective

nearness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for near

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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 Will our path resemble the one that resulted in the near-total elimination of tainted drugs, or the one that’s led to our weary acceptance of mass shootings? Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "What Will It Take to Pandemic-Proof America?," 15 Apr. 2021 The Ravens need to get younger along the defensive line, but the return of tackle Brandon Williams and ends Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe buys them at least another year before a near-total rebuild. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens seven-round mock draft (Version 2.0): Grabbing an edge rusher and gambling on a center," 12 Apr. 2021 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 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 However, the Steelers also have another contract to consider in the near term ... Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "21 NFL players in line for contract extensions in near future," 8 May 2021 Given the uncertainty that still surrounds travel, and the fact that Avelo will be trying to woo customers away from other airlines in the near term, there will not be change fees on tickets. Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, "I Took the First Flight on Avelo, America's Newest Airline — Here's What It Was Like," 8 May 2021 So is Peloton stock expected to decline further in the near term or is a recovery looking likely? Trefis Team, Forbes, "Is Peloton’s Tread+ Recall An Opportunity To Buy The Stock?," 7 May 2021 The surging demand has driven up prices for lumber and other commodities, bleeding into concerns among economists and in Washington about near-term inflation. Washington Post, "Fed concerned about the risks that accompany soaring markets," 6 May 2021 Federal aid helped the transit agency avoid a worst-case budget scenario in the near-term that would have included employee layoffs. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, "Muni services are ramping up for the June 15 reopening. Will cable cars be included?," 6 May 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic remains one of the biggest near-term risks to the stability of the financial system, the Federal Reserve said, while noting that asset prices are vulnerable to significant declines if investor sentiment shifts. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Covid-19 Still Among Major Risks to Financial Stability, Fed Says," 6 May 2021 Compared with other parts of California, the San Diego region has a pretty secure water future, at least for the near term. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Drought-tolerant San Diego won’t go thirsty in the dry stretch ahead," 5 May 2021 But the complex global supply chains involved in chip manufacturing do not lend themselves to quick or easy solutions to the current supply problems, leaving Mr. Biden with little apparent power to mitigate the shortage in the near term. New York Times, "Widespread Commodity Shortages Raise Inflation Fears," 3 May 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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“Near.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/near. Accessed 10 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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