English adjective: near
|1.||near not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances|
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.
|Similar||adjacent, hot, nearby, warm|
|2.||near being on the left side|
|Samples||The near or nigh horse is the one on the left.|
The animal's left side is its near or nigh side.
|3.||near closely resembling the genuine article|
A dress of near satin.
|4.||near giving or spending with reluctance|
|Samples||Our cheeseparing administration.|
Very close (or near) with his money.
A penny-pinching miserly old man.
|Synonyms||cheeseparing, close, penny-pinching, skinny|
|5.||near with or in a close or intimate relationship|
|Samples||A good friend.|
My sisters and brothers are near and dear.
|6.||near very close in resemblance|
|Samples||Sketched in an approximate likeness.|
A near likeness.
English adverb: near
|1.||near near in time or place or relationship|
|Samples||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.
|2.||near (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but|
|Samples||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.
|Synonyms||about, almost, most, nearly, nigh, virtually, well-nigh|
English verb: near
|1.||near (motion) move towards|
|Samples||We were approaching our destination.|
They are drawing near.
The enemy army came nearer and nearer.
|Synonyms||approach, come near, come on, draw close, draw near, go up|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s.|
Somebody ----s something
|Broader (hypernym)||come, come up|
|Narrower (hyponym)||bear down on, bear down upon, close, crowd, drive up, edge in, edge up, push|
|Entail||advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress|
|Verb group||approach, come near|