[ neer ]
/ nɪər /
adverb, near·er, near·est.
close; to a point or place not far away: Come near so I won't have to shout.
at, within, or to a short distance.
close in time: The New Year draws near.
close in relation; closely with respect to connection, similarity, intimacy, etc. (often used in combination): a near-standing position.
all but; almost; nearly: a period of near 30 years.
Nautical. close to the wind.
Archaic. in a thrifty or stingy manner.
adjective, near·er, near·est.
being close by; not distant: the near fields.
being the lesser in distance: the near side.
short or direct: the near road.
close in time: the near future.
closely related or connected: our nearest relatives.
close to an original: a near translation.
closely affecting one's interests or feelings: a matter of near consequence to one.
intimate or familiar: a near friend.
narrow or close: a near escape.
thrifty or stingy: near with one's pocketbook.
(of two draft animals hitched together) being on the driver's left (as opposed to off): The near horse is going lame.
at, to, or within a short distance, or no great distance, from or of: regions near the equator.
close to in time: near the beginning of the year.
close to a condition or state: He is near death.
verb (used with or without object)
to come or draw near; approach: The boat neared the dock. Storm clouds neared.
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- in the immediate vicinity: There is a shopping area near at hand.
- in the near future; soon: The departure is near at hand.
near at hand,
Origin of near
before 900; Middle English nere, Old English nēar, comparative of nēah nigh
Related formsnear·ness, nouno·ver·near, adjective, adverbo·ver·near·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for near at hand
/ (nɪə) /
at or to a place or time not far away from; close to
at or to a place or time not far away; close by
near to not far from; near
short for nearly I was damn near killed
at or in a place not far away
(postpositive) not far away in time; imminentdeparture time was near
(prenominal) only just successful or only just failinga near escape
(postpositive) informal miserly, mean
(prenominal) closely connected or intimatea near relation
to come or draw close (to)
Also called: nearside
- the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
- (as modifier)the near foreleg
Derived Formsnearness, noun
Word Origin for near
Old English nēar (adv), comparative of nēah close, nigh; related to Old Frisian niār, Old Norse nǣr, Old High German nāhōr
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Idioms and Phrases with near at hand (1 of 2)
near at hand
see at hand.
Idioms and Phrases with near at hand (2 of 2)
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)
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