What is the meaning of near?



  • Not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances.
    • usage: "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"
  • Being on the left side.
    • usage: "the near or nigh horse is the one on the left"; "the animal's left side is its near or nigh side"
  • Closely resembling the genuine article.
    • usage: "near beer"; "a dress of near satin"
  • Giving or spending with reluctance.
    • usage: "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man"
  • With or in a close or intimate relationship.
    • usage: "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
  • Very close in resemblance.
    • usage: "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"


  • Near in time or place or relationship.
    • usage: "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"
  • Of actions or states. ( slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but)
    • usage: "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"
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APAWordNet. (2010). near. Retrieved April 20, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/near/definitions/1178983
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "near" http://smartdefine.org/near/definitions/1178983 (accessed April 20, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, near, Smart Define, viewed 20 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/near/definitions/1178983>.
MLAWordNet. "near" 23 October 2010. Web. 20 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/near/definitions/1178983>
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