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Meaning & Definition of Near in English





1. Move towards

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


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"
  • 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"
  • near(a),
  • nigh(a)

3. Closely resembling the genuine article

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

4. Giving or spending with reluctance

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

6. Very close in resemblance

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


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"
  • 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"
  • 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.