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

Bill Hancock, who became the executive director of the BCS in 2009 and currently oversees the playoff, entered the LSU-Alabama game knowing change was near. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Did the LSU-Alabama Rematch Really Kill the BCS?," 10 July 2018 The baby is the object of a fair amount of territorial disputes this week, with June longing to nurse and cuddle her child and Serena fiercely declaring that June shouldn’t go anywhere near her. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale introduces a burst of dark camp in “Postpartum”," 4 July 2018 Anyone familiar with the streets of Baltimore has seen a teenage boy in late morning on a sidewalk somewhere, either taking his time getting to school or headed nowhere near it. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Rodricks: Failure in the city, death in the county," 22 May 2018 The former party boy, who, before his engagement to Meghan Markle, often made tabloid headlines for his devilish romps near and far (in Las Vegas, to be exact), seems to have turned a new leaf. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019 Options markets show investors rushing for protection, but not yet anywhere near as much as in 2016. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Markets Corrected Investor Mistakes This Year, And it Hurts," 20 Dec. 2018 Our 25 destinations include places near and far, hot and cold, laid-back and anything but. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 These are noncontract practices after all and defensive players know not to go anywhere near the quarterback. Jeff Zrebiec, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens waiting on young pass rushers to take big step forward," 30 May 2018 But by the numbers alone, she's struggled to receive anywhere near the same level of attention of commercial success as her peers. Jon Bernstein, GQ, "Ashley Monroe Is the Beating Heart of Old-School Country," 8 May 2018

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Homes with long condensate drains and in extremely humid environments (near lakes or the ocean, or anywhere in the deep south) should probably flush out the condensate line every two to three months. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The DIY Guide To Fixing Your Leaky Air Conditioner," 15 Mar. 2019 Her son Genesis, 4, was seated near Taylor Swift, and made eye contact with the pop star and waved at her, while Swift smiled and waved back. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alicia Keys' Son Flirting with Taylor Swift is the Cutest Part of the 2019 iHeartRadio Awards," 15 Mar. 2019 Moisturizers, even the very best ones, rank somewhere near the bottom of this list. Glamour, "This Moisturizer Instantly Gives Me Dewy Dumpling Skin," 11 Mar. 2019 Most adaptive cruise-control systems rely on radar to detect the vehicle ahead of a car, and radar isn't good at distinguishing stationary objects in the road from objects near the road. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 The fact that there was no major earthquake means that whatever caused the tsunami near Krakatau put most of its energy into the water rather than into the ground. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Deadly Indonesian tsunami was not caused by an earthquake," 23 Dec. 2018 Toney was responding to a call around 2:30 p.m. Saturday about a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle School in the Snellville area, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. Fox News, "Chief: Officer kills man accused of killing Georgia officer," 23 Oct. 2018 Easily search for an IWD event happening near you before the big day. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Why International Women's Day Is Celebrated on March 8," 28 Feb. 2019 A day prior to inviting everyone in Milan to c’mon down! to the Moschino game show, creative director Jeremy Scott was in Moschino’s headquarters sitting near-silently with his longtime stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "Ladies and Gentlemen, We’re Live From the Moschino Game Show!," 26 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

With warmer weather around the corner, why not fantasize about all of the fruit salads you are destined to eat (and wear!) in the near future? Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "A Funky Fruit Print Is a Fresh Alternative to Spring Florals," 12 Mar. 2019 The biggest near-term threat remains trade, with Washington as America’s most trade dependent/vulnerable state. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "So far, economy’s Big Mo’ can’t be stopped by scandal or bad policies," 5 Feb. 2019 Despite passionate communities of users (as seen in place like Ars comment threads), Windows and macOS dominate the desktop and that's unlikely to change in the near term. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 Given the severe financial ramifications of a just cause firing and the near certainty that the fired coach will then sue the university for breach of contract, the just cause distinction is seldom used by universities. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 Larson said there will be more information in the near future about what the plans are for the encampment. The (aberdeen) Daily World, The Seattle Times, "Federal judge grants settlement for homeless advocates in lawsuit against Aberdeen," 20 Feb. 2019 Read more Ports whose berths are at least 14 feet above sea level at high tide should be safe from flooding for the near future, Mr. Kemmsies said. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "At the Water’s Edge, Seaports Are Slowly Bracing for Rising Ocean Levels," 11 Feb. 2019 Swiz's decision to expand her visibility as an educator comes alongside her decision to expand her brand to cities around the country in the near future. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Education / Gender Issues / LGBTQ+ Alicia Swiz wants to make you a better feminist—by taking her online course," 21 June 2018 Earlier that year, the United Kingdom's Airprox air safety board issued an incident report on a near-miss in which a quadcopter drone passed within 20 feet of a landing Airbus A319 at Heathrow. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "I’ll be drone for Christmas: London airport closed for day by drone harassment," 20 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Production on Riverdale season 3 is nearing an end, but there is still some time to go. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What Will Happen to "Riverdale" Following Luke Perry's Death?," 4 Mar. 2019 In 2015, the disability trust fund was nearing exhaustion. Eric Morath, WSJ, "America’s Hidden Workforce Returns," 26 Jan. 2019 Labor Day is nearing, which usually spells good deals across every category of tech. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "This week’s best deals include affordable Anker battery packs and Amazon devices," 25 Aug. 2018 Despite nearing her spring due date, Meghan has been on the move lately. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived in Morocco Wearing a Striking Red Valentino Cape Dress," 23 Feb. 2019 Changes in your menstrual cycle are the hallmark indicator that your body is nearing menopause. Amy Marturana, SELF, "12 Causes of Spotting and Breakthrough Bleeding," 28 Dec. 2018 O’Connor’s decision will near certainly be appealed up to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which could ultimately send the case to the Supreme Court. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Federal court rules Obamacare unconstitutional — but the law stands for now," 15 Dec. 2018 That brings the price down to $499, nearing that impulse-buy threshold for some people, especially around the holiday. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's '12 Days of Faves' deals knock the Surface Laptop 2 price down to a fantastic $799," 13 Dec. 2018 A few years ago, McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche kicked things off with a trio of hybrids, each costing more than a million dollars and each nearing 1,000hp. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "12 cylinders, 11,000rpm: Aston Martin’s new engine is a monster," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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