- 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.
- 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.
- to come or draw near; approach: The boat neared the dock. Storm clouds neared.
- near at hand,
- 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 nearSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for near
Related Words for nearedreach, surround, near, contact, threaten, meet, come, match, emerge, hover, overshadow, mount, portend, brew, dominate, soar, emulate, equal, resemble, abut
Examples from the Web for neared
Contemporary Examples of neared
As they neared the apartment complex where they both were living, yet another police car approached.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America
November 26, 2014
As he neared his destination, Kenney turned left and struck out on his own path.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
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March 1, 2014
As we neared the end of the interview, Schakowsky asked, “Have you ever put on a burka?”Can Congress Protect All Women? I-VAWA Is Gaining Backers
November 22, 2013
As evening neared, JoJo announced over Twitter that he was on 69th Street.Chicago Rapper Lil JoJo Went to His Grave for Taunting a Rival Gang Member
October 7, 2012
As we neared the convention, we had two versions of the acceptance speech—one composed entirely by the candidate.Romney’s Lame Speech Might Have Gone Better Had He Learned From Bush 1 and Al Gore
September 1, 2012
Historical Examples of neared
Now they neared the foot of the shaft where the rest of the party seemed to await them.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I heard him mutter as he neared the boat-house where Fin and I were stowing cargo.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
He scaled the walls of the garden as before—he neared the house.Leila, Complete
As we neared the house, 'Quiet,' I said; 'Mrs. Bowles does not know.'The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
But it was when they neared the square that the guffaws began.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
- 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
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)