- close; to a point or place not far away: Come near so I won't have to shout.
- at, within, or to a short distance.
- close in time: The New Year draws near.
- close in relation; closely with respect to connection, similarity, intimacy, etc. (often used in combination): a near-standing position.
- all but; almost; nearly: a period of near 30 years.
- Nautical. close to the wind.
- Archaic. in a thrifty or stingy manner.
- being close by; not distant: the near fields.
- being the lesser in distance: the near side.
- short or direct: the near road.
- close in time: the near future.
- closely related or connected: our nearest relatives.
- close to an original: a near translation.
- closely affecting one's interests or feelings: a matter of near consequence to one.
- intimate or familiar: a near friend.
- narrow or close: a near escape.
- thrifty or stingy: near with one's pocketbook.
- (of two draft animals hitched together) being on the driver's left (as opposed to off): The near horse is going lame.
- at, to, or within a short distance, or no great distance, from or of: regions near the equator.
- close to in time: near the beginning of the year.
- close to a condition or state: He is near death.
- to come or draw near; approach: The boat neared the dock. Storm clouds neared.
- near at hand,
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for near on Thesaurus.com
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.Easter Miracle in Brooklyn for Shooting Victim
April 20, 2014
So it'll depend on how far ahead Obama is as Election Day nears.On the Bounce, and a Warning
September 10, 2012
As the 2012 Democratic National Convention nears, I do not envy Team Obama.DNC Preview: The Democrats’ Convention Trap
September 2, 2012
But as he nears retirement, his accomplishments at the Pentagon appear modest.Is Gates’ Success Overstated?
June 21, 2011
“Signalise her to heave-to when she nears us,” said Captain Lascelles.The Three Midshipmen
Still it hurries onward, with velocity augmented, as it nears its term.Western Characters
J. L. McConnel
One of a woman's frequent failings is shifting the reins as she nears a jump.How Women Should Ride
C. De Hurst
As one nears the goal of one's pilgrimage, the way is marked by stations of the cross.Tyrol and its People
He knows your ship; so soon as it nears one island, he is off to another.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
- at or to a place or time not far away from; close to
- at or to a place or time not far away; close by
- near to not far from; near
- short for nearly I was damn near killed
- at or in a place not far away
- (postpositive) not far away in time; imminentdeparture time was near
- (prenominal) only just successful or only just failinga near escape
- (postpositive) informal miserly, mean
- (prenominal) closely connected or intimatea near relation
- to come or draw close (to)
- Also called: nearside
- the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
- (as modifier)the near foreleg
Word Origin and History for nears
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.