the Near East

Definition of the Near East

  1. :  the countries of northern Africa and southwestern Asia that are on or near the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea

Word by Word Definitions

nearplay Near
  1. :  at, within, or to a short distance or time

    :  almost, nearly

    :  in a close or intimate manner :  closely

  1. :  close to

  1. :  not far distant in time, place, or degree

    :  almost happening :  narrowly missed or avoided

    :  nearly not happening

  1. :  approach

eastplay East
  1. :  to, toward, or in the east

  1. :  situated toward or at the east

    :  coming from the east

  1. :  the general direction of sunrise :  the direction toward the right of one facing north

    :  the compass point directly opposite to west

    :  regions lying to the east of a specified or implied point of orientation


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