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 largemouth bass fishing has been good in East Harbor and West Harbor, and around near-shore weed beds on Lake Erie. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie’s fish of the future have arrived: Aug. 16 Fishing Report," 16 Aug. 2019 Lane closures will begin near 7 Mile Road on southbound M-10 to direct all three lanes of traffic to the Wyoming exit. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Construction to close parts of I-94, I-696, M-10, Rochester Road this weekend," 16 Aug. 2019 But this time, the action is on the Democratic side, with near-unanimous support among House Democrats for the Social Security 2100 Act, which would make Social Security solvent by increasing payroll taxes and taxing high earners more heavily. Andrew G. Biggs, National Review, "How the Democrats’ Social Security Plan Could Finance a Tax Cut," 15 Aug. 2019 The definition of that proviso could have been stretched to meet all practical requirements (33 years later, the Star Wars technology is nowhere near useful deployment). The Economist, "Reagan and Gorbachev’s tantalising nuclear talks in Reykjavik," 15 Aug. 2019 They're also nowhere near unique to Facebook; static analysis tools are widely used in the security community and broader development industry. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code," 15 Aug. 2019 The protesters, many dressed in black, streamed across the roads around the airport, bringing traffic to a near-standstill. Anchorage Daily News, "Protesters shut down Hong Kong airport; China warns of ‘terrorism,’ raising fears of military crackdown," 12 Aug. 2019 That’s because medium-high humidity (dew points at least in the mid-60s if not near 70) may combine with high temperatures in the low to mid-90s. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Heat without the typical August-level steaminess in coming days," 10 Aug. 2019 One rationale could be from where these vehicles are stolen – almost always out west in areas not near big cities. Ed Leefeldt, CBS News, "Here are the cars and trucks most likely to get stolen in the U.S.," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Norma Coca told Wichita, Kansas-television station KWCH that her daughter and son-in-law were near the front doors of the Walmart when they were shot. Morgan Lee, Anchorage Daily News, "Shooting victims include a mom who died protecting her baby," 4 Aug. 2019 Norma Coca told Wichita television station KWCH that her daughter and son-in-law were near the front doors of the Walmart when they were shot. Morgan Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "Shooting victims include a mom who died protecting her baby," 4 Aug. 2019 Norma Coca told Wichita, Kansas-television station KWCH that her daughter and son-in-law were near the front doors of the Walmart when they were shot. Amy Guthrie, Twin Cities, "Shooting victims include a mom who died protecting her baby," 4 Aug. 2019 El Paso police didn’t release his name at a news conference but confirmed the gunman is from Allen, near Dallas. Diana Heidgerd, The Denver Post, "El Paso, Texas, shooting: 20 dead, 26 hurt in mass shooting at shopping center," 3 Aug. 2019 Though Lake County is near the glamorous resorts of Vail and Breckenridge, Leadville and its surroundings are filled with trailer parks, home to the workers who make the tourism economy hum. Markian Hawryluk, CNN, "In one of the country's 'healthiest' states, obesity plagues black and Hispanic people," 3 Aug. 2019 This should be near the electric meter or where power service enters the house. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Getting an outdoor antenna to pull in blacked-out CBS? You could create a fire hazard.," 2 Aug. 2019 Both men were near death with massive bodily trauma. Jennifer Edwards Baker, Cincinnati.com, "World-renowned surgeon sues UC, alleges retaliation, sex & military discrimination," 2 Aug. 2019 Unemployment is near historic lows, including for Latinos and African-Americans. NBC News, "Democratic debate transcript: July 31, 2019," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Tighten your corsets and make sure all of your wigs are securely packed into your suitcase (here’s looking at you, Ariel Versace), because RuPaul’s Drag Race will take fans on a pair of fabulous new journeys in the near future. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 5," 19 Aug. 2019 The plant is just one of more than 300 new plastic facilities proposed or permitted for the US in the near future. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Virgin plastic pellets are the biggest pollution disaster you’ve never heard of," 19 Aug. 2019 The two schools are in discussions and may soon announce a home-and-home series to begin in the near future, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "UF, Miami in discussions for a home-and-home series in football," 14 Aug. 2019 For this trip, a professional video crew accompanied him along the route, and Dykes hopes to create a documentary or television program out of his adventure in the near future. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Welsh Man Is First to Walk the Length of the Yangtze River," 13 Aug. 2019 Drummond, who could sign a contract extension in the near future, needs to narrow the gap. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons 2019-20 schedule release: 10 games to watch," 12 Aug. 2019 Khalil Mack, a new kind of outside linebacker, made it in 2018, and inside linebacker Roquan Smith appears primed to join him in the near future, signifying good times likely are ahead. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 27, Joe Fortunato," 10 Aug. 2019 From The Verge Command Line delivers daily updates from the near-future. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Wu Assassins series lacks the Hong Kong cinema magic," 8 Aug. 2019 Renovations underway at South Coast Metro hotels Some hotels in the South Coast Metro area are currently renovating guest rooms and public spaces and more plan to do likewise in the near future, according to the South Coast Metro Alliance. Daily Pilot, "Biz News: Changes ahead for Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are some signs that the record expansion could be nearing its end. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "U.S. Economy Slows, Denying Trump 3% Talking Point," 26 July 2019 As the calendar turned from 1976 to 1977, Muhammad Ali — who fought in an exhibition at the Civic Center against four opponents Aug. 24, 1972 — neared the end of his long run as the sport’s signature champion. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Gervonta Davis’ homecoming fight brings attention to Baltimore’s overlooked boxing history," 25 July 2019 Tevlin is proposing $478,000 to cover pay raises for deputy city attorneys, who are nearing the end of labor negotiations with the city. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego may boost money for tree trimming, lifeguards in new budget," 7 June 2019 The recovery from the Great Recession will become the longest expansion on record in July, and despite a widespread perception by economists that the business cycle is nearing its end, employers came back strong in March and April. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "The job market is still strong, but there are signs it's slowing down," 6 June 2019 Cincinnati hadn't extended an offer to any coaches as of Friday, the club told The Enquirer, although Nijkamp suggested FC Cincinnati could be nearing the end of its process with one of the candidates. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati GM Gerard Nijkamp: Next coach to be 'short-term solution'," 30 May 2019 Today, the scandal is a distant memory, and Marionneaux has been out of office so long that his successor is nearing the end of his second four-year term. Andrea Gallo, ProPublica, "Why the “Most Egregious” Ethics Case in Louisiana Remains Open Nine Years Later," 16 May 2019 Courtesy of McCain family, Arizona Republic When U.S. Sen. John McCain established a namesake foreign-policy think tank at Arizona State University, many saw it as an act of legacy-building by a politician nearing the end of his career. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "A new era for ASU's McCain Institute without namesake Sen. John McCain," 4 May 2019 For one thing, anxious users who hammer the Update Now button in their Windows Update settings menu will receive the May 2019 Update first, as well as commercial customers and any devices nearing the end of their support phase. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will ship the Windows 10 May 2019 Update in late May, giving you power over updates," 4 Apr. 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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