adverb, near·er, near·est.
adjective, near·er, near·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- neap tide,
- neapolitan ice cream,
- neapolitan sixth,
- near at hand,
- near beer,
- near east,
- near field communication,
- near gale
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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?|Niqash|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They recorded 10,549 graves on or near the railway in 144 cemeteries, failing to locate only 52 graves.
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|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was near being the death of us both, as the two critics together would have turned the scale at near five hundred.
Near the college grounds is a race course, with training stables attached.
Is it indeed true that I was so near to the pleasure and honour of making your acquaintance?The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846|Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
I can't be merry so near any splenetic talk; so I made that long line, and now all's well again.The Journal to Stella|Jonathan Swift
Near at hand is the Dorcas room, where deaconesses are kept busy in cutting out clothing and superintending the sewing classes.Deaconesses in Europe|Jane M. Bancroft
- 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)