Near meaning

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The definition of near is close in distance, time or relationship.

An example of near used as an adjective is in the phrase "near friends," which means friends who are close to each other.

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To, at, or within a short distance or interval in space or time.

Moved the table nearer to the wall; as graduation draws near.

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Close in time, space, position, or degree.

Near neighbors; near equals.

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Closely related by kinship or association; intimate.

A near relative; a near and dear friend.

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Short and direct.

The nearest route to town.

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Stingy; parsimonious.
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Close to.

An inn near London.

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To come close or closer to.

The plane neared the terminal.

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To draw near or nearer; approach.

As the holiday nears.

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At or to a relatively short distance in space or time.

Summer draws near.

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Relatively close in degree; almost.

Near right.

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Closely; intimately.
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In a stingy manner.
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Close in distance or time; not far.
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Close in relationship; akin.
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Close in feelings, desires, etc.; close in friendship.
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On the left side, facing forward.
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Short or direct.

Take the near way.

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Somewhat resembling; approximating.

A near likeness.

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At a relatively short distance from in space, time, degree, etc.; close to.

Towns near the border, the hours near midnight.

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To come or draw near (to); approach.
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The left side of a horse or of a team of horses pulling a carriage etc.
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Physically close.
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Closely connected or related.
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Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; intimate; dear.

A near friend.

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Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling.

A version near to the original.

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So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow.

A near escape.

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(of an event) Approaching.

The end is near.

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The two words are near synonyms.

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(dated) Next to the driver, when he is on foot; (US) on the left of an animal or a team.

The near ox; the near leg.

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Having a small intervening distance with regard to something.

I'm near-sighted.

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(colloquial) Nearly.
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Close to, in close proximity to.

There are habitable planets orbiting many of the stars near our Sun.

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Close to in time.

The voyage was near completion.

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To come closer to; to approach.

The ship nears the land.

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Near means to get closer.

An example of near is to approach a lost dog.

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Near is defined as at a relatively close distance in space or time.

An example of near used as an adverb is in the sentence, "Winter comes near," which means that winter is coming soon.

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Just about; almost; nearly.

Was near exhausted from the climb.

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With or in a close relationship.

It turns out we are near related.

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  • Very close in time or space.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

near at hand

Origin of near

  • Middle English ner from Old English nēar from comparative of nēah close, near

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English nere, ner, from Old English nÄ“ar (“nearer", comparative of nÄ“ah, "nigh"), influenced by Old Norse nÇ£r (“near"), both originating from Proto-Germanic *nÄ“hwiz (“nearer"), comparative of the adverb *nÄ“hw (“near"). Cognate with Old Frisian niār (“nearer"), Dutch naar (“to, towards"), Old High German nāhōr (“nearer"), Danish nÃ¥r (“when"), Swedish när (“when").

    From Wiktionary