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Adjective: near (nearer,nearest)  neer
  1. Not far distant in time, space, degree or circumstances
    "near neighbours"; "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";
    - close, nigh
  2. 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";
    - nigh
  3. Closely resembling the genuine article
    "near beer"; "a dress of near satin"
  4. Giving or spending with reluctance
    "very near with his money";
    - cheeseparing, close, penny-pinching, skinny
  5. With or in a close or intimate relationship
    "my sisters and brothers are near and dear";
    - dear, good
  6. Very close in resemblance
    "a near likeness";
    - approximate
Adverb: near  neer
  1. Not far away in position, relationship or time
    "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";
    - nigh, close
  2. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
    "I was near exhausted by the run";
    - about, almost, most, nearly, nigh, virtually, well-nigh, all but
Verb: near  neer
  1. Move towards
    "They cheered up immensely as they neared home";
    - approach, come on, go up, draw near, draw close, come near
Preposition: near  neer
  1. In the neighbourhood of, close to
    "my house is near the church";
    - by

Derived forms: nearest, nearer, neared, nearing, nears

See also: adjacent, artificial, close, distance, hot [informal], left, nearby, stingy [informal], ungenerous, unreal, warm [informal]

Type of: come, come up

Antonym: far

Encyclopedia: Near, Daniel