adverb, near·er, near·est.
adjective, near·er, near·est.
verb (used with or without object)
SYNONYMS FOR near
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Idioms for near
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM nearnearness, nouno·ver·near, adjective, adverbo·ver·near·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for near
They put Obama at 4.23, just a little nearer the center than they placed themselves.Conservatives Are So Conservative They Think the Congressional GOP Are Moderate Squishes|Michael Tomasky|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I knew that every time I met him brought him nearer to the accomplishment of his purpose and my fate.
How his face gleamed in the darkness, drawing swiftly nearer!
Old Bagan, which is nearer to the ruins, is now devoid of inhabitants and only hosts a few sleepy old hotels.
The bullet was fired from a distance of fewer than 20 meters, considerably nearer than the stipulated 50-meter minimum.
The croupier pushes the seven hundred and forty pounds of the unlucky player a foot nearer to the bank.
Tony's stool was nearer to the bass keys of the piano, while the sofa Lettice lay upon had certainly been drawn up towards him.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
To some place much nearer, of course, and equally of course they would return.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
I know I strive after the unattainable, but still every year I get nearer and nearer to the goal.
If ships sail over the sea as fast as railways run across the land; if Helles is nearer Woolwich than Calais; then he is right.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for near (1 of 2)
- the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
- (as modifier)the near foreleg
Derived forms of nearnearness, noun
Word Origin for near
British Dictionary definitions for near (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with near
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)