WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
near /nɪr/USA pronunciation   adv. and adj., -er, -est, prep., v. 
  1. close in space or time:Come nearer. The wedding day was drawing near.
  2. closely with respect to connection or similarity:a near-fatal accident.
  3. 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.
  • [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.

  • v. 
  • to come or draw near;
    approach: [+ object]The boat neared the dock.[no object]Storm clouds neared.
  • idiom
      near at hand: 
      • close in space; in the immediate area.
      • soon;
        in the near future:The end was near at hand.
    1. nowhere near, not nearly:The car is nowhere near big enough for all of us.

    near•ness, n. [uncountable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    near  (nēr), 
    adv., -er, -est, adj., -er, -est, prep., v. 

  • close;
    to a point or place not far away:Come near so I won't have to shout.
  • at, within, or to a short distance.
  • close in time:The New Year draws near.
  • close in relation; closely with respect to connection, similarity, intimacy, etc. (often used in combination):a near-standing position.
  • all but;
    nearly:a period of near 30 years.
  • Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.]close to the wind.
  • [Archaic.]in a thrifty or stingy manner.

  • adj. 
  • being close by; not distant:the near fields.
  • being the lesser in distance:the near side.
  • short or direct:the near road.
  • close in time:the near future.
  • closely related or connected:our nearest relatives.
  • close to an original:a near translation.
  • closely affecting one's interests or feelings:a matter of near consequence to one.
  • intimate or familiar:a near friend.
  • narrow or close:a near escape.
  • thrifty or stingy:near with one's pocketbook.
  • (of two draft animals hitched together) being on the driver's left (as opposed to off):The near horse is going lame.
  • near at hand: 
    • in the immediate vicinity:There is a shopping area near at hand.
    • in the near future; soon:The departure is near at hand.

  • at, to, or within a short distance, or no great distance, from or of:regions near the equator.
  • close to in time:near the beginning of the year.
  • close to a condition or state:He is near death.

  • v.t., v.i. 
  • to come or draw near; approach:The boat neared the dock. Storm clouds neared.
  • Etymology:
    • Middle English nere, Old English nēar, comparative of nēah nigh bef. 900
    nearness, n. 
    1, 2, 8–11, 18.far.17 .generous.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    near /nɪə/ prep
    1. at or to a place or time not far away from; close to
    1. at or to a place or time not far away; close by
    2. short for nearly: I was damn near killed
    1. at or in a place not far away
    2. (postpositive) not far away in time; imminent: departure time was near
    3. (prenominal) only just successful or only just failing: a near escape
    4. (postpositive) informal miserly, mean
    5. (prenominal) closely connected or intimate: a near relation
    1. to come or draw close (to)
    1. Also called: nearside the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
    2. (as modifier): the near foreleg
    Etymology: Old English nēar (adv), comparative of nēah close, nigh; related to Old Frisian niār, Old Norse nǣr, Old High German nāhōr

    ˈnearness n

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