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Meaning & Definition of Near in English

English

Near

/nɪr/

verb

1. Move towards

  • "We were approaching our destination"
  • "They are drawing near"
  • "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
    synonym:
  • approach
  • ,
  • near
  • ,
  • come on
  • ,
  • go up
  • ,
  • draw near
  • ,
  • draw close
  • ,
  • come near

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • near
  • ,
  • close
  • ,
  • nigh

2. Being on the left side

  • "The near or nigh horse is the one on the left"
  • "The animal's left side is its near or nigh side"
    synonym:
  • near(a)
  • ,
  • nigh(a)

3. Closely resembling the genuine article

  • "Near beer"
  • "A dress of near satin"
    synonym:
  • near

4. Giving or spending with reluctance

  • "Our cheeseparing administration"
  • "Very close (or near) with his money"
  • "A penny-pinching miserly old man"
    synonym:
  • cheeseparing
  • ,
  • close
  • ,
  • near
  • ,
  • penny-pinching
  • ,
  • skinny

5. With or in a close or intimate relationship

  • "A good friend"
  • "My sisters and brothers are near and dear"
    synonym:
  • dear
  • ,
  • good
  • ,
  • near

6. Very close in resemblance

  • "Sketched in an approximate likeness"
  • "A near likeness"
    synonym:
  • approximate
  • ,
  • near

adverb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • near
  • ,
  • nigh
  • ,
  • close

2. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished

  • All but
  • "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"
    synonym:
  • about
  • ,
  • almost
  • ,
  • most
  • ,
  • nearly
  • ,
  • near
  • ,
  • nigh
  • ,
  • virtually
  • ,
  • well-nigh

Examples of using

Your end is near.
Give me a reading on that meter near the boiler.
I live quite near here.