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
Examples from the Web for 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|Michael Daly|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Eleanor Clift|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|October 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Shrum|September 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As the Maumee was neared the feeling of the army was intense.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 8)|Archer Butler Hulbert
As they neared the shore, a landing-stage, or low jetty, of sunk piles disengaged itself from the mist.The Blue Pavilions|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He redoubled his caution as he neared the upper end of the mill.Canoe Boys and Campfires|William Murray Graydon
As he neared the top, where the country rolls off into the plain, he turned to admire the spectacle of the breaking day.Quintus Oakes|Charles Ross Jackson
They passed down the pine-covered path slowly, and as they neared Gaston's shack, Filmer paused.Joyce of the North Woods|Harriet T. Comstock
- 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)