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
- 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.
near at hand
see at hand.
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)