- 1At or to a short distance away; nearby: a bomb exploding somewhere near [comparative]: she took a step nearerMore example sentences
- Cars from near and far converged in the night to watch the mountains glow red.
- He scares away anyone who comes near and then feels sorry for himself when he realizes he is alone.
- After he moved in he didn't know if he would be able to sleep with her so near and not hold her in his arms.
- 2A short time away in the future: the time for his retirement was drawing nearMore example sentences
- You think that the end of the world is near and somehow a welding helmet will save you.
- The more I think about it, the more I think that Eddie just panics when it gets close near the end.
- We were still winning and my moment of glory was drawing ever nearer.
- 3 [as submodifier] Almost: a near perfect fitMore example sentences
- Depending on which story you read, the deal is either done, near done or not even close to being done.
- She'll probably end up near obsessed with the guy but eventually see sense and move onto pastures new.
- A cup, near filled with ale, was beside him, as was an ewer, and I could only hope he had drunk enough.
- 4 • archaic or • dialect Almost: I near fell out of the chairMore example sentences
- I near shrieked as he fell to the floor, a perfect, coin shaped hole, dotted between his eyebrows.
- We damn near won against the most corrupt and well-oiled slime machine in history.
- I damn near laughed at the pathetic expression on his face as he holds up his decapitated hand!
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- 1At or to a short distance away from (a place): the parking lot near the sawmill do you live near here? [superlative]: the table nearest the doorMore example sentences
- We had a home made wooden sledge and we took the crates and put it on the sledge and took them round to the houses near where we lived.
- Far away in the distance somewhere back near the Cork road, hooters blared angrily as road rage mounted.
- Emi collected the two bags from him and set them on the floor some distance away, near to the wooden Buddha whose empty gaze made him edgy.
- 2A short period of time from: near the end of the war [comparative]: details will be given nearer the dateMore example sentences
- For a brief period near the end of the half, Ireland exerted pressure.
- A two minute period near the end of the game determined the destiny of the trophy.
- In early 1973 there were signs that this gloomy period was near its end.
- 3Close to (a state); verging on: she gave a tiny smile, brave but near tears she was near deathMore example sentences
- The other two photographs are closer, and shows many birds dead, some near death and very few still standing.
- He was losing weight at a dramatic rate and many of his closest friends feared he might be near death.
- When we were doing our first DIY, I was near to despair at the amount that had to be done.
- 3.1(Used before an amount) a small amount below (something); approaching: temperatures near 2 million degrees KMore example sentences
- We here in Seattle had record temperatures,, somewhere near 100 degrees,, whew!
- The women didn't expect to raise anything near the amount they have - let alone be offered movie deals.
- She had many different kinds of food on her plate, but no where near the amount Hildor had.
- 4Similar to: a shape near to the originalMore example sentences
- The antiquarian revival of the later eighteenth century spawned an amazing attempt by Abraham Farley at reproducing the whole text in a form as near to the original as possible.
- While Cuadra's comments have been translated, they are as near to the original as possible.
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- 1Located a short distance away: a big house in the near distance [superlative]: I was fifteen miles from the nearest townMore example sentences
- Once over the top the survivors had a clear view of the building in the near distance.
- Gardens and trees could be seen along the railway and highway, in contrast to the vast desert in the near distance.
- From his map, he knows there is an oasis somewhere in the near distance.
- 2Only a short time ahead: the conflict is unlikely to be resolved in the near futureMore example sentences
- However, he insisted the EGM would be going ahead in the near future.
- We are going ahead with that and there will be reserves in the near future.
- Rudin says that a meeting with the judge who controls space allocation in Old City Hall is expected in the near future.
- 3.1 [attributive] Close to being (the thing mentioned): his state of near despair a near disasterMore example sentences
- Despite my near despair, I was in my usual seat yesterday afternoon.
- A bullock cart, the cause of the near disaster, materialized from the flurry.
- Durrant leaned in close to his newest acquaintance and spoke in a near whisper.
- 3.2 [attributive] Having a close family connection: the loss of a child or other near relativeMore example sentences
closely related, close, related
- A near relative is the larger and better-known Chinese water chestnut.
- Other fossil animals may be assignable to the Vetulicolia or their near relatives.
- Many a times, even the near relatives do not reveal the information about the boy's family.
- 4 [attributive] Located on the side of a vehicle that is normally closest to the curb: the near right-hand end window of the trailer Compare with off ( sense 3 of the adjective).
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- Come near to (someone or something); approach: soon the cab would be nearing State Street [no object]: lunchtime nearedMore example sentences
- It was nearing lunchtime when they finally arrived at the palace gates.
- Ali is first seen in Lawrence as a tiny dot on a desert horizon that shimmers in the heat; he gradually becomes more distinct as he nears the camera.
- As this century nears the end, we know that our priorities aren't quite right.
near at hand
- Close in distance or time: an all-electric future was near at handMore example sentences
- Although she would not look at him, she was always near at hand, so close that he felt he could feel the quickened beating of her heart.
- ‘Use materials from near at hand,’ advises Massachusetts builder John Abrams.
- They do need the comfort of having their relatives and friends near at hand and the knowledge that they are in the capable hands of a dedicated and caring staff of doctors and nurses.
- Sufficiently close to being the case for all practical purposes: this price was near enough the going rate for rentMore example sentences
- ‘Hayley is a perfectionist and near enough is never good enough for her,’ she said.
- In fact there's only half a mile or so to go, I can see the lights of the houses, but near enough is good enough, it will have to be.
- Bonds were reasonably active, but closed unchanged (or near enough as makes no odds).
one's nearest and dearest
- One’s close friends and relatives.More example sentences
- People I never would have met were it not for this little old weblog have become my nearest and dearest friends.
- My birthday was really two weeks ago when my nearest and dearest friends took me out to dinner at Zin and prayed amazing things over me.
- A frame of mind such as this may incline you to greater intimacy with your nearest and dearest.
so near and yet so far
- A rueful comment on someone’s narrow failure to achieve an aim.More example sentences
- ‘It is so near and yet so far,’ he says wistfully.
- We were so near and yet so far from getting into the Champions League final.
- ‘Looking back for me it was so near and yet so far,’ says Hastings of what was a difficult tour, the honour of leading the Lions tempered by ultimate defeat.
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- I was going to stay late tonight at work - need to be somewhere nearish at 7.30 ish.
- Still, we had a good hard ride around the countryside, heading over towards the Suffolk borders (well, nearish to Newmarket) in order to get a bit of rolling countryside.
- Part of me feels that that someone I'm going to marry is close by, and I'll realize it or find them sometime in the nearish future.
Middle English: from Old Norse nær 'nearer', comparative of ná, corresponding to Old English nēah 'nigh'.