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English adjective: near

1. near not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances

SamplesNear 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.

Synonymsclose, nigh

Similaradjacent, hot, nearby, warm



2. near being on the left side

SamplesThe 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

SamplesNear beer.
A dress of near satin.

Similarartificial, unreal


4. near giving or spending with reluctance

SamplesOur cheeseparing administration.
Very close (or near) with his money.
A penny-pinching miserly old man.

Synonymscheeseparing, close, penny-pinching, skinny

Similarstingy, ungenerous


5. near with or in a close or intimate relationship

SamplesA good friend.
My sisters and brothers are near and dear.

Synonymsdear, good


Antonymsdistant, remote

6. near very close in resemblance

SamplesSketched in an approximate likeness.
A near likeness.



Antonymsdistant, remote

English adverb: near

1. near near in time or place or relationship

SamplesAs 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.

Synonymsclose, nigh

2. near (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsabout, almost, most, nearly, nigh, virtually, well-nigh

English verb: near

1. near (motion) move towards

SamplesWe were approaching our destination.
They are drawing near.
The enemy army came nearer and nearer.

Synonymsapproach, come near, come on, draw close, draw near, go up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----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

Entailadvance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress

Verb groupapproach, come near

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