WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
near /nɪr/USA pronunciation
adv. and adj., -er, -est,prep., v.
being close by in space or time:the near fields; the near future.
being the lesser in distance:the near side of the moon.
[before a noun] closely related or connected, as in a family:near relatives.
[before a noun](used to describe something that is almost the same as something else, the difference between them being narrow or close):That was a near miss; the bullets flew just inches over our heads.
prep. [(~ + to)]
at, to, or within a short distance from:regions near (to) the equator.
close to in time:Let's meet again near the beginning of the year.
close to a condition, state, action, or amount; close in relationship:She came near to hitting him.
to come or draw near;
- close in space or time:Come nearer. The wedding day was drawing near.
- closely with respect to connection or similarity:a near-fatal accident.
- almost; nearly:He was near dead from cold.
approach: [~ + object]The boat neared the dock.[no object]Storm clouds neared.
near•ness, n. [uncountable]
near at hand:
- close in space; in the immediate area.
in the near future:The end was near at hand.
- nowhere near, not nearly:The car is nowhere near big enough for all of us.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
near /nɪə/ prep
- at or to a place or time not far away from; close to
- at or to a place or time not far away; close by
- short for nearly: I was damn near killed
- at or in a place not far away
- (postpositive) not far away in time; imminent: departure time was near
- (prenominal) only just successful or only just failing: a near escape
- (postpositive) informal miserly, mean
- (prenominal) closely connected or intimate: a near relation
- to come or draw close (to)
Etymology: Old English nēar (adv), comparative of nēah close, nigh; related to Old Frisian niār, Old Norse nǣr, Old High German nāhōrˈnearness n
- Also called: nearside the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
- (as modifier): the near foreleg
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