near·​sight·​ed | \ˈnir-ˌsī-təd \

Definition of nearsighted 

: able to see near things more clearly than distant ones : myopic needed glasses because he was nearsighted

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Other Words from nearsighted

nearsightedly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for nearsighted


myopic, shortsighted


farsighted, hypermetropic, hyperopic

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Examples of nearsighted in a Sentence

I am a little nearsighted and need to wear glasses to drive.

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For a nearsighted someone who struggles to spot the puck even in high definition, Fox’s red comet that trailed a rocketed shot was ahead of its time. Chad Finn,, "It’s officially a trend to bring referees into the broadcast booth," 28 June 2018 Lasik surgeons use an ultraviolet laser to reduce the curvature of the cornea for people who are nearsighted, and to accent it for people who are farsighted. Author: Roni Caryn Rabin, Anchorage Daily News, "Blurred vision, burning eyes: This is a Lasik success?," 12 June 2018 Not too bad for a nearsighted young Lieutenant who had never fired a weapon before. Debra Ciamacca, Time, "I Was a Marine. Now I’m a Teacher. Don't Give Me a Gun," 23 Feb. 2018 But those eyes have typically been nearsighted at best. Jason Pohl, USA TODAY, "Future of fighting wildfires: Military Reaper drones provide real-time photos, video," 14 Dec. 2017 What security does this provide beyond flummoxing nearsighted hackers? Answer Fella, Esquire, "Why Are CAPTCHA Codes So Hard to Read?," 6 Aug. 2010 If a child has two nearsighted parents, the hereditary genetic effects increase the child's chances of needing glasses to about 60 percent, if time spent outdoors is low. CNN, "Outdoor playtime might help kids' eyesight," 3 Oct. 2017 Does more time outside help already nearsighted children? CNN, "Outdoor playtime might help kids' eyesight," 3 Oct. 2017 His stepfather was an infantry officer who viewed his plump, nearsighted, flat-footed son as unfit for the Army. John H. Richardson, Esquire, "Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican," 10 Aug. 2010

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First Known Use of nearsighted

1686, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nearsighted was in 1686

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English Language Learners Definition of nearsighted

: unable to see things that are far away : able to see things that are close more clearly than things that are far away


near·​sight·​ed | \ˈnir-ˈsī-təd \

Kids Definition of nearsighted

: able to see things that are close more clearly than distant ones

Other Words from nearsighted

nearsightedness noun


near·​sight·​ed | \ˈni(ə)r-ˈsīt-əd \

Medical Definition of nearsighted 

: able to see near things more clearly than distant ones : myopic

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nearsightedly adverb

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