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
Related Words for nearerneighboring, immediate, warm, adjoining, adjacent, nearby, imminent, impending, dear, friendly, burning, touching, ready, close, bordering, abutting, nigh, expected, coming, approximate
Examples from the Web for nearer
Contemporary Examples of nearer
I knew that every time I met him brought him nearer to the accomplishment of his purpose and my fate.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Old Bagan, which is nearer to the ruins, is now devoid of inhabitants and only hosts a few sleepy old hotels.Temple Hopping in the Paradise of Bagan, Burma
December 5, 2013
Historical Examples of nearer
A bell had been tinkling nearer and nearer on the road ahead.
I'm nearer sunstroke myself than he is—not a wink of sleep for two nights now.
Still there were other and nearer roads to the point I aimed at.
In the nearer ranks we may discern the variety of ingredients that compose the mass.Biographical Sketches
We prove that we are nearer the truth by our greater command of the Father's resources.The Conquest of Fear
- 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)