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near

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adverb \ˈnir\

Definition of near

  1. 1 :  at, within, or to a short distance or time sunset was drawing near

  2. 2 :  almost, nearly was near dead

  3. 3 :  in a close or intimate manner :  closely near related

  4. 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

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


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near

preposition

Definition of near

  1. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of near

see 1near


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near

adjective

Definition of near

  1. 1a :  not far distant in time, place, or degree in the near futureb :  almost happening :  narrowly missed or avoided a near win in the primary a near midair collisionc :  nearly not happening a near escape

  2. 2 :  closely related or intimately associated her nearest and dearest friend

  3. 3a :  being the closer of two the near sideb :  being the left-hand one of a pair the near wheel of a cart

  4. 4 :  direct, short the nearest road

  5. 5 :  stingy, closefisted

  6. 6a :  closely resembling the standard or typical a near desertb :  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


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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 Defined for English Language Learners

near

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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

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adverb \ˈnir\

Definition of near for Students

nearer

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nearest

  1. 1 :  at, within, or to a short distance or time Don't go any nearer. Night drew near.

  2. 2 :  almost, nearly The weather was near perfect.


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near

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preposition

Definition of near for Students

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


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near

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adjective

Definition of near for Students

nearer

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nearest

  1. 1 :  closely related or associated a near relative

  2. 2 :  not far away in distance or time the nearest exit the near future

  3. 3 :  coming close :  narrow a near miss

  4. 4 :  being the closer of two the near side

nearness

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near

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verb

Definition of near for Students

neared

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nearing

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



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