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 nearest
Contemporary Examples of nearest
According to Kostick, while awaiting a van to transport Stewart to the nearest police station, his mood changed.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
But all of them add up to a coiled-up rage, ready to lash out at the nearest target.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
So we all walked down to the nearest pet store and Joan got her new dog Sammy.The Directors of Joan Rivers Documentary 'A Piece of Work' Remember Its Star
September 8, 2014
My nearest relation, my wife, is telling me to get off my database and take out the garbage.Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds
P. J. O’Rourke
August 9, 2014
A vast database of doctors points you to the nearest licenser in your area.The Stoner's Guide to the Internet
August 6, 2014
Historical Examples of nearest
The driver faced the bill toward the nearest street-light and scanned it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
We are now within 140 miles from the nearest Adelaide station.Explorations in Australia
You forget the nearest telegraph office is at Witherby, seven miles off.Viviette
William J. Locke
The right of their position was nearest the attacking force.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
And that was the nearest the little adventuress ever came to making a Biblical quotation.Within the Law
- 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)