Definitions of near

  1. ( of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; ` near' is sometimes used informally for ` nearly' and ` most' is sometimes used informally for ` almost'; " the job is ( just) about done"; " the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; " we're almost finished"; " the car all but ran her down"; " he nearly fainted"; " talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; " the recording is well- nigh perfect"; " virtually all the parties signed the contract"; " I was near exhausted by the run"; " most everyone agrees"
  2. very close in resemblance; " sketched in an approximate likeness"; " a near likeness"
  3. giving or spending with reluctance; " our cheeseparing administration"; " very close ( or near) with his money"; " a penny- pinching miserly old man"
  4. near in time or place or relationship; " as the wedding day drew near"; " stood near the door"; " don't shoot until they come near"; " getting near to the true explanation"; " her mother is always near"; " The end draws nigh"; " the bullet didn't come close"; " don't get too close to the fire"
  5. not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; " near neighbors"; " in the near future"; " they are near equals"; " his nearest approach to success"; " a very near thing"; " a near hit by the bomb"; " she was near tears"; " she was close to tears"; " had a close call"
  6. ( comparative of ` close') indicating the one of two that is the shorter distance away; " take the near street and ten turn right"
  7. move towards; " We were approaching our destination"; " They are drawing near"; " The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
  8. with or in a close or intimate relationship; " a good friend"; " my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
  9. closely resembling the genuine article; " near beer"; " a dress of near satin"
  10. being on the left side; " the near or nigh horse is the one on the left"; " the animal's left side is its near or nigh side"
  11. To approach.
  12. Nearer.
  13. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
  14. Nearly; almost; well- nigh.
  15. Closely; intimately.
  16. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh.
  17. Closely connected or related.
  18. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
  19. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
  20. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape.
  21. Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near ox; the near leg. See Off side, under Off, a.
  22. Immediate; direct; close; short.
  23. Close- fisted; parsimonious.
  24. Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a.
  25. To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.
  26. To draw near; to approach.
  27. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; close, intimate; dear; as, near to my heart; familiar; narrow; in riding or driving, on the left; as, the near horse; direct or quick; as, to go by the near way; mean or stingy.
  28. At a little distance; almost; closely.
  29. Close to.
  30. To approach; come close to.
  31. Nearly.
  32. Nearness.
  33. Nigh: not far distant: intimate: dear: close to anything followed or imitated: direct: stingy.
  34. At a little distance: almost.
  35. To approach: to come nearer to.
  36. Not far; almost.
  37. Not far; close; intimate.
  38. Close by.
  39. Not far removed; close; familiar; intimate; in riding or driving, placed on the left.
  40. At little distance; nearly; closely.
  41. Nigh; not far distant: closely related; intimate; united in close ties; dear; affecting one's interest or feelings; close; parsimonious; stipgy; next to one.
  42. Almost; within a little.
  43. To draw near.
  44. Not far distant; intimate; closely related by blood or affection; literal; not loose or rambling; direct; short; next to one; parsimonious; on the left, opposed to off in riding or driving.
  45. At no great distance from; close to, followed by to, expressed or understood, as the ship is near the harbour.
  46. To approach; to come nearer; to draw near.

Usage examples for near

  1. " Then I believe the Pawnees are near," White Otter told him. – Three Sioux Scouts by Elmer Russell Gregor
  2. Angela came near saying, " So it is mine." – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  3. He spoke to one of the men near him. – The Boy Allies at Jutland by Robert L. Drake
  4. I'll not go near your house! – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  5. She came near to him and looked up. – The Branding Iron by Katharine Newlin Burt
  6. Does she live near us? – Famous Stories Every Child Should Know by Various
  7. " Perhaps you are near it now. – The Boy Scouts on a Submarine by Captain John Blaine
  8. I had hardly been near the harbor in years. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  9. Were you trying to get near us? – Partners of the Out-Trail by Harold Bindloss
  10. Are we so near, then? – In the Border Country by Josephine Daskam Bacon
  11. You can feel me near you. – The Hidden Places by Bertrand W. Sinclair
  12. You will stay and sit near me." – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  13. I don't know, how far or how near. – Mogens and Other Stories Mogens; The Plague At Bergamo; There Should Have Been Roses; Mrs. Fonss by Jens Peter Jacobsen
  14. If she did not care for him, at least she was very near it. – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  15. There are some nice ones near Miss Buckston's. – Franklin Kane by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  16. It is not yet near day." – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
  17. It was his child that was so soon to rest her beautiful head so near it! – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
  18. Are we near her house? – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  19. " Very near, miss," I said. – The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  20. My father was one who stood near the Chief. – By Veldt and Kopje by William Charles Scully