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. Nearest.
  28. 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.
  29. At a little distance; almost; closely.
  30. Close to.
  31. To approach; come close to.
  32. Nearly.
  33. Nearness.
  34. Nigh: not far distant: intimate: dear: close to anything followed or imitated: direct: stingy.
  35. At a little distance: almost.
  36. To approach: to come nearer to.
  37. Not far; almost.
  38. Not far; close; intimate.
  39. Close by.
  40. Not far removed; close; familiar; intimate; in riding or driving, placed on the left.
  41. At little distance; nearly; closely.
  42. Nigh; not far distant: closely related; intimate; united in close ties; dear; affecting one's interest or feelings; close; parsimonious; stipgy; next to one.
  43. Almost; within a little.
  44. To draw near.
  45. 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.
  46. At no great distance from; close to, followed by to, expressed or understood, as the ship is near the harbour.
  47. To approach; to come nearer; to draw near.

Quotes of near

  1. Turkeys, quails, and small birds, are here to be seen; but birds are not numerous in desart forests; they draw near to the habitations of men, as I have constantly observed in all my travels. – William Bartram
  2. I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden. – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  3. The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotent. – Edward Dahlberg
  4. Fourth Law of Thermodynamics: If the probability of success is not almost one, then it is damn near zero. – David R. Ellis
  5. I'm lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife. – Haile Gebrselassie
  6. Eve was not taken out of Adam's head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him. – Matthew Henry
  7. It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church. – Matthew Henry
  8. I shall not die young, for I am already near seventy: I may die old. – Laurence Housman
  9. Americans simply ask for, not just Democrats in the House but also the Senate has asked the President for a clear plan as it relates to dealing with the issue of Iraq and our troops and making sure that we can bring families together in the very near future. – Kendrick Meek
  10. I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me- shapes and ideas so near to me- so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. – Georgia O'Keeffe
  11. I don't think the space station will ever do anything for exploration. Putting people up there for a year or more is the only way you will get anywhere near the exploration concept. – Wally Schirra
  12. Cows, after leaving the low lands near the coast, are found to be plentiful everywhere, and to produce milk in small quantities, from which butter is made. – John H. Speke
  13. It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. – J. R. R. Tolkien
  14. Go, forget me- why should sorrow, O'er that brow a shadow fling? Go, forget me- and to -morrow, brightly smile and sweetly sing. Smile- though I shall not be near thee; Sing- though I shall never hear thee. – Charles Wolfe
  15. I wrote my thesis on the benefits of war and very near got thrown out of college. But I can show you where the greatest advancement of mankind comes under stress and strain, not comfort. – Don Young

Usage examples for near

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

Rhymes for near