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near adj
1 not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; "near neighbors"; "in the near future"; "they are near equals"; "his nearest approach to success"; "a very near thing"; "a near hit by the bomb"; "she was near tears"; "she was close to tears"; "had a close call" [syn: close] [ant: far]
2 being on the left side; "the near or nigh horse is the one on the left"; "the animal's left side is its near or nigh side" [syn: near(a), nigh(a)]
3 closely resembling the genuine article; "near beer"; "a dress of near satin"
4 giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man" [syn: cheeseparing, close, penny-pinching]
5 with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" [syn: dear, good]
6 very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness" [syn: approximate] adv
1 near in time or place or relationship; "as the wedding day drew near"; "stood near the door"; "don't shoot until they come near"; "getting near to the true explanation"; "her mother is always near"; "The end draws nigh"; "the bullet didn't come close"; "don't get too close to the fire" [syn: nigh, close]
2 (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for `nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for `almost'; "the job is (just) about done"; "the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; "we're almost finished"; "the car all but ran her down"; "he nearly fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the parties signed the contract"; "I was near exhausted by the run"; "most everyone agrees" [syn: about, just about, almost, most, all but, nearly, nigh, virtually, well-nigh] v : move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer" [syn: approach, come on, go up, draw near, draw close, come near]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /nɪə(ɹ)/, /nI@(\r)/
  • a US /nɪɹ/, /nIr\/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(r)


Middle English from Old Norse nær


en-adj er
  1. In the context of "of an animate or inanimate object": physically close.
  2. In the context of "of an event": approaching
    The end is near.



physically close
  • Arabic: (qarīb)
  • Chinese: (jìn)
  • Czech: blízký
  • Esperanto: proksima
  • Finnish: läheinen
  • French: près, proche
  • German: nahe
  • Hungarian: közel
  • Ido: proxim
  • Italian: vicino
  • Japanese: 近い (ちかい, chikai)
  • Korean: 가깝다 (gakkapda)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: نزیک
  • Old English: neah
  • Polish: bliski
  • Portuguese: perto, próximo
  • Russian: близкий
  • Scottish Gaelic: dlùth
  • Spanish: cerca
  • Swedish: nära
  • Telugu: దగ్గర (daggara)
  • Venetian: vissin
  • Vietnamese: gần


en-adv er
  1. Having a small intervening distance with regard to something.
    I'm near sighted.
  2. nearly
    • 1666 Samuel Pepys Diary and Correspondence (1867)
      ...he hears for certain that the Queen-Mother is about and hath near finished a peace with France....
    • 1825 David Hume, Tobias George Smollett The History of England p. 263
      Sir John Friend had very near completed a regiment of horse.
    • 2003 Owen Parry Honor's Kingdom p. 365
      Thinking about those pounds and pence, I near forgot my wound.
    • 2004 Jimmy Buffett A Salty Piece of Land p. 315, p. 35
      "I damn near forgot." He pulled an envelope from his jacket.
    • 2006 Juliet Marillier The Dark Mirror p. 377
      The fire was almost dead, the chamber near dark.


Having a small intervening distance with regard to something.


  1. close to, in close proximity to.
    We sat near the front.
  2. imminent, close to in time.
    The voyage was near completion.



in close proximity to
  • Arabic: (‘inda)
  • French: près de
  • Kurdish: , ,
  • Old English: neah
  • Spanish: cerca de
  • Vietnamese: gần


  1. To decrease the distance to something.


decrease distance
  • Czech: blížit
  • Dutch: naderen, dichterbijkomen
  • Finnish: lähestyä
  • French: approcher
  • Icelandic: nálgast
  • Italian: avvicinare
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: نزیک بوونه‌وه
  • Portuguese: aproximar
  • Spanish: aproximar, acercar

Extensive Definition

Near may refer to:
near in French: NEAR
near in Japanese: ニア

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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