adverb, near·er, near·est.
adjective, near·er, near·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- in the immediate vicinity: There is a shopping area near at hand.
- in the near future; soon: The departure is near at hand.
Origin of near
Synonyms for near
Antonyms for near
Related Words for nearneighboring, immediate, warm, adjoining, adjacent, nearby, imminent, impending, dear, friendly, burning, touching, ready, close, bordering, abutting, nigh, expected, coming, approximate
Examples from the Web for near
Contemporary Examples of near
After the defeat of ISIS in Sinjar, most other locals have been left wondering who might rule the city in the near future.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?
December 27, 2014
They recorded 10,549 graves on or near the railway in 144 cemeteries, failing to locate only 52 graves.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
I know that one day in the near (ish) future, we will return to our usual hikes and bike rides.
As my injured leg improves, my left leg starts aching, then throbbing, near my hip.
Near the end of my tour of the exhibit, Cafiero lingers on the last photos of Ramone.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
Historical Examples of near
He shuddered as he thought how near he had been to never meeting them again on earth.
And then by a street sign she saw that she was near the home of Philippe.
"I knew he'd plunge," he said, taking the chair proffered him, near Shepler's desk.
It would be pleasanter inland, but we must be near the shore, so as to be in sight of ships.
"They are as near alike as if they were brothers," he said to himself.
- the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
- (as modifier)the near foreleg
Word Origin for near
Old English near "closer, nearer," comparative of neah, neh"nigh." Influenced by Old Norse naer "near," it came to be used as a positive form mid-13c., and new comparative nearer developed 1500s (see nigh). As an adjective from c.1300. Originally an adverb but now supplanted in most such senses by nearly; it has in turn supplanted correct nigh as an adjective. Related: Nearness. In near and dear (1620s) it refers to nearness of kinship. Near East first attested 1891, in Kipling. Near beer "low-alcoholic brew" is from 1908.
"to draw near," 1510s, from near (adv.). Related: Neared; nearing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with near
- near at hand
- near miss
- near thing
- near to one's heart
- far and near
- in the near future
- not anything like (anywhere near)