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 nears
His ultimate career goal is unchanged as he nears the end of the eighth grade and prepares to begin high school.
So it'll depend on how far ahead Obama is as Election Day nears.
As the 2012 Democratic National Convention nears, I do not envy Team Obama.
But as he nears retirement, his accomplishments at the Pentagon appear modest.
She nears us every moment, and the captain of our vessel prepares to clear for action.Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete|Sir Walter Scott
As one nears Dartmouth the spirit of British seamanship, ancient and modern, dominates everything and seizes the imagination.The Rivers and Streams of England|A.G. Bradley
When this nears the intense heat of the sun it explodes, like a natural gas; and the terrible sound is heard by all the world.Myths & Legends of Japan|F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
He knows your ship; so soon as it nears one island, he is off to another.In the South Seas|Robert Louis Stevenson
Above it the forks coalesce, and as it nears the top the climb can be varied a good deal.Climbing in The British Isles. Vol. 1 - England|W. P. Haskett Smith
British Dictionary definitions for nears
- 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 nears
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)