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 nearnessloom, likeness, similarity, proximity, propinquity, closeness, vicinity, imminence, approximation, neighborhood, approach, resemblance, contiguity, immediacy, adjacency, familiarity, intimacy, friendship, affection, dearness
Examples from the Web for nearness
Historical Examples of nearness
At first it seemed to Sidney that she could not stand this nearness to death.
Carlotta's nearness was having its calculated effect on Max Wilson.
The nearness and warmth of her, and the innocence of her eyes thrilled yet maddened me.City of Endless Night
Carr was aware of her nearness and a lump rose in his throat.
The nearness of God is given to him who makes it his first object.The Ministry of Intercession
- 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)