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
Related formsnear·ness, nouno·ver·near, adjective, adverbo·ver·near·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for 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|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Arthur Chu|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A vast database of doctors points you to the nearest licenser in your area.
The nearest ATF office is 32 miles away, in downtown Columbus.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos|Steve Miller|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And what call you the distance to the nearest settlement on the Connecticut?The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish|James Fenimore Cooper
Is it not from our nearest relative that our dearest secret is usually withheld?Barlasch of the Guard|H. S. Merriman
In the afternoon I walked round the point, and visited the houses of the people who are our nearest neighbours.Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation|Frances Anne Kemble
"Oh, not yet," says Lady Lilias, with the nearest attempt at youthfulness she has yet made.Mrs. Geoffrey|Duchess
The lady had sprung to her feet, and had broken through the nearest bushes into the thicket beyond.Star of Mercia|Blanche Devereux
British Dictionary definitions for nearest
- 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 nearest
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)