An example of near used as an adjective is in the phrase "near friends," which means friends who are close to each other.
Moved the table nearer to the wall; as graduation draws near.
Near neighbors; near equals.
A near relative; a near and dear friend.
The nearest route to town.
An inn near London.
The plane neared the terminal.
As the holiday nears.
Summer draws near.
Take the near way.
A near likeness.
Towns near the border, the hours near midnight.
A near friend.
A version near to the original.
A near escape.
The end is near.
The near ox; the near leg.
The ship nears the land.
An example of near is to approach a lost dog.
An example of near used as an adverb is in the sentence, "Winter comes near," which means that winter is coming soon.
Was near exhausted from the climb.
It turns out we are near related.
- Very close in time or space.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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 niÄr (“nearer"), Dutch naar (“to, towards"), Old High German nÄhÅr (“nearer"), Danish nÃ¥r (“when"), Swedish nÃ¤r (“when").