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adverb, preposition Archaic.
  1. near.
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Origin of anear

1725–35; a- (semantically empty, perhaps by analogy with afar; cf. apast) + near
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Historical Examples

  • Mary Cushin: There are some of the neighbours have learning, and you bade me not bring it anear them.

    Seven Short Plays

    Lady Gregory

  • Anear it speeds, there are masts like reeds and a tossing plume of steam!

  • When anear they saw him coming, the gallant Campeador, With great worship to receive him, forth unto him they ride.

    The Lay of the Cid

    R. Selden Rose

  • And whether we live apart or anear, I shall always be your husband—yours alone—until death shall part us.

    Her Dark Inheritance

    Mrs. E. Burke Collins

  • The people of the Gaeldom of to-day are anear perishing for lack of the famous feats of their fathers.

    Archaic England

    Harold Bayley

British Dictionary definitions for anear


  1. near
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  1. nearly
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Word Origin and History for anear


"nearly," c.1600, from a- (1) + near.

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