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
Related formsnear·ness, nouno·ver·near, adjective, adverbo·ver·near·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
Old Bagan, which is nearer to the ruins, is now devoid of inhabitants and only hosts a few sleepy old hotels.
Adams left the problem as he found it, and came north to stumble over others, less picturesque but nearer.The Education of Henry Adams|Henry Adams
This is their danger, that there is always a stumbling-block in the way: the further they go, the nearer are they to their fall.Henry Martyn Saint and Scholar|George Smith
There was no house known to them nearer than the shieling at Lowtherslacks, about two miles distant.
And he began to flourish it over his head, and to press nearer and nearer.The Gold Thread|Norman MacLeod
I gained on the shadow, approached it nearer and nearer,—I was within reach of it.Peter Schlemihl|Adelbert von Chamisso
British Dictionary definitions for nearer
- the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
- (as modifier)the near foreleg
Derived Formsnearness, noun
Word Origin for near
Idioms and Phrases with nearer
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)