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 nearness
His sudden sense of her nearness and beauty belied the careless words.Harriet and the Piper|Kathleen Norris
It is as though two earthly lovers, in full sight and nearness, are filled each for each with great love, and are content.The Golden Fountain|Lilian Staveley
Yet as the days passed, he became more interested in her, influenced by her nearness to him, and still more by her remoteness.The Mountain Girl|Payne Erskine
I simply felt it in a kind of nearness—as if I couldn't get away from you.Sanctuary|Edith Wharton
Father Lustucru, animated by the nearness of his vengeance, did not remark what passed in the mind of his companion.The Story of a Cat|mile Gigault de La Bdollire
British Dictionary definitions for nearness
- 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 nearness
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)