near/nɪr/USA pronunciationadv. and adj.,-er, -est,prep., v. adv.
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.
being close by in space or time:the near fields; the near future.
being the lesser in distance:the near side of the moon.
closely related or connected, as in a family[before a noun]near relatives.
(used to describe something that is almost the same as something else, the difference between them being narrow or close)[before a noun]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; approach: [~ + object]The boat neared the dock.[no object]Storm clouds neared.
idiomnear at hand:
close in space; in the immediate area.
soon; 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.