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

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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 At Level 29, the blocks, which are already falling at rates requiring near-instantaneous reactions, double in pace. Jacob Sweet, The New Yorker, "The Revolution in Classic Tetris," 26 Mar. 2021 On March 18, officers and civilians who shoved back and forth when police arrived to clear a near-north homeless encampment. Liz Navratil, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis police investigating officer's punching of teen during tense clash amid angry civilians," 25 Mar. 2021 Anyone who watched Parker in the WNBA Bubble last season would be hard-pressed to imagine the end being near. Brendon Kleen, Forbes, "Candace Parker Isn’t Done Yet," 19 Mar. 2021 But a recall election wouldn’t be a near-certainty without the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: With pandemic on the run, Newsom’s odds of defeating recall improve," 19 Mar. 2021 Strict border controls and the hotel quarantine system have helped Australia all but suppress the virus, making near-normal life possible. Emily Cadman, Bloomberg.com, "Sydney Confirms First Community Covid Case in Over 50 Days," 14 Mar. 2021 Hours after finding out the details of a tragic car accident, Antelope High School's Athletic Director and head baseball coach Rocky Jaime gathered his players on Friday morning for a near-three-hour workout. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Antelope High cancels baseball opener after former player Chris Pelfrey dies in crash," 12 Mar. 2021 Donald Trump and his allies lost the first battle for post-election control of the Republican Party Wednesday night — but not without a fight, making clear that the political war within the GOP is nowhere near over. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump's backers failed to take down Liz Cheney, but the Republican 'civil war' isn't near over," 4 Feb. 2021 She was overjoyed by their healthy birth, but their time at the hospital wasn’t anywhere near over. Anchorage Daily News, "As the year ends, let’s check in with some memorable Alaskans we met in 2020," 1 Jan. 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 Lyndsay plans to attend medical school in the near future with the hopes of one day becoming a pediatrician. Kyla L. Wright, Freep.com, "'Fly Doctor Fly' children's book propels local author's push to give back," 31 Mar. 2021 There would be a time in the near future where the Baylor men's basketball team would be erratic, pelting each other in the face with green and yellow confetti and pacing restlessly in circles while holding their phones to their ears. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Baylor remains steady, tops Arkansas to advance to first Final Four since 1950 in 2021 NCAA Tournament," 30 Mar. 2021 Officer body camera footage will be released in the near future, authorities said. Fox News, "Oklahoma police release identity of deadly jail hostage suspect," 30 Mar. 2021 The gulf separating the respective budgets of the police department and the Office of Violence Prevention – $170 million vs. $7.4 million – gives her little reason to hope that the near future will depart from the recent past. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Chauvin trial: Why Minneapolis activists are looking beyond the verdict," 30 Mar. 2021 The idea of not being able to stop those feelings in the near future is worrying, too. Eleanor Morgan, refinery29.com, "The Physical Pandemic: What Has The Last Year Done To Our Bodies?," 29 Mar. 2021 Additional Peloton Verzuz battles between Timbaland and Swizz Beatz and other rival artists will be announced in the near future. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "Swizz Beatz and Timbaland bring Verzuz to Peloton," 29 Mar. 2021 The best bet for this team in the near future is to let players like Langford, Nesmith and Payton Pritchard develop into complementary pieces alongside Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, much like Robert Williams is doing right now. BostonGlobe.com, "The Celtics’ trade-deadline moves might be helpful down the stretch, even if they aren’t satisfying," 29 Mar. 2021 More Marvel attractions are also operating at Hong Kong Disneyland (namely an Iron Man simulator), with major rides on deck for that park in the near future. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Disneyland reveals possible development: Are Frozen and Black Panther coming soon?," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 11 Apr. 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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