near·​sight·​ed | \ ˈnir-ˌsī-təd How to pronounce nearsighted (audio) \

Definition of nearsighted

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

Other Words from nearsighted

nearsightedly adverb

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Examples of nearsighted in a Sentence

I am a little nearsighted and need to wear glasses to drive.
Recent Examples on the Web Pity the fictional characters who are projections of a misogynistic or nearsighted writer’s longing. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 But the consolation, for a nearsighted person like me, is seeing individual gestures and mirroring so well. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2021 Childhood is an important time to think about myopia because myopic children tend to become more nearsighted over time. Olivia Killeen, The Conversation, 21 May 2020 Throughout The Great, the black comedy’s satirical tone captures how theatrical and nearsighted politics can become amid a crisis. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 21 May 2020 Oxpeckers riding on rhinos feast on ticks, and their calls warn the nearsighted herbivores about approaching humans. Susanne Bard, Scientific American, 22 Apr. 2020 At seven miles up and over ten miles from the landing site (or about 11 kilometers up and 16 kilometers away), the suddenly nearsighted radar was unable to lock onto anything. Frank O’brien, Ars Technica, 30 Jan. 2020 Dear Mayo Clinic: My son is nearsighted and has been wearing glasses for three years. Mayo Clinic News Network,, 20 Nov. 2019 The nearsighted landing radar fix was even more straightforward. Frank O’brien, Ars Technica, 30 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nearsighted

1686, in the meaning defined above

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near·​sight·​ed | \ ˈnir-ˈsī-təd How to pronounce nearsighted (audio) \

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 How to pronounce nearsighted (audio) \

Medical Definition of nearsighted

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

Other Words from nearsighted

nearsightedly adverb

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