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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


Attributedistance


Antonymsfar

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.


Synonymsnigh


Similarleft


Antonymsright

3. near closely resembling the genuine article


SamplesNear beer.
A dress of near satin.


Similarartificial, unreal


Antonymsnatural

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


Antonymsgenerous

5. near with or in a close or intimate relationship


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


Synonymsdear, good


Similarclose


Antonymsdistant, remote

6. near very close in resemblance


SamplesSketched in an approximate likeness.
A near likeness.


Synonymsapproximate


Similarclose


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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