Definitions for: Near


[adv] (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"
[adv] 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"
[adj] 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"
[adj] (comparative of `close') indicating the one of two that is the shorter distance away; "take the near street and ten turn right"
[adj] very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"
[adj] with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
[adj] giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man"
[adj] closely resembling the genuine article; "near beer"; "a dress of near satin"
[v] move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"



Webster (1913) Definition: Near (n[=e]r), adv. [AS. ne['a]r, compar. of ne['a]h
nigh. See Nigh.]
1. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree;
not remote; nigh.

My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me.
--Milton.

2. Nearly; almost; well-nigh. ``Near twenty years ago.''
--Shak. ``Near a fortnight ago.'' --Addison.

Near about the yearly value of the land. --Locke.

3. Closely; intimately. --Shak.

Far and near, at a distance and close by; throughout a
whole region.

To come near to, to want but little of; to approximate to.
``Such a sum he found would go near to ruin him.''
--Addison.

Near the wind (Naut.), close to the wind; closehauled.


Near, a. [Compar. Nearer; superl. Nearest.] [See
Near, adv.]
1. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote;
close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh. ``As one near
death.'' --Shak.

He served great Hector, and was ever near, Not with
his trumpet only, but his spear. --Dryden.

2. Closely connected or related.

She is thy father's near kinswoman. --Lev. xviii.
12.

3. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or
affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.

4. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose,
or rambling; as, a version near to the original.

5. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close;
narrow; as, a near escape.

6. Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted
States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near
ox; the near leg. See Off side, under Off, a.

7. Immediate; direct; close; short. ``The nearest way.''
--Milton.

8. Close-fisted; parsimonious. [Obs. or Low, Eng.]

Note: Near may properly be followed by to before the thing
approached'; but more frequently to is omitted, and the
adjective or the adverb is regarded as a preposition.
The same is also true of the word nigh.

Syn: Nigh; close; adjacent; proximate; contiguous; present;
ready; intimate; dear.


Near, prep.
Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship
sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a.


Near, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Neared; p. pr. & vb. n
Nearing.] [See Near, adv.]
To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.


Near, v. i.
To draw near; to approach.

A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist! And still it neared,
and neared. --Coleridge.

Synonyms: about, adjacent, all but, almost, approach, approximate, artificial, cheeseparing, close, close, closer, come near, come on, dear, draw close, draw near, go up, good, hot, just about, moral(a), most, nearby, nearer, nearest, nearly, neighbor, neighboring(a), neighbour, neighbouring(a), nigh, nigh, nighest, penny-pinching, stingy, ungenerous, unreal, virtually, warm, well-nigh

Antonyms: far

See Also: advance, bear down on, bear down upon, close, come, come up, crowd, drive up, edge in, edge up, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress, push

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