near: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (nēr), [key]
— adv., adj., prep., v. -er, -est, -er, -est,
  1. close; to a point or place not far away: Come near so I won't have to shout.
  2. at, within, or to a short distance.
  3. close in time: The New Year draws near.
  4. close in relation; closely with respect to connection, similarity, intimacy, etc. (often used in combination): a near-standing position.
  5. all but; almost; nearly: a period of near 30 years.
  6. close to the wind.
  7. in a thrifty or stingy manner.
  1. being close by; not distant: the near fields.
  2. being the lesser in distance: the near side.
  3. short or direct: the near road.
  4. close in time: the near future.
  5. closely related or connected: our nearest relatives.
  6. close to an original: a near translation.
  7. closely affecting one's interests or feelings: a matter of near consequence to one.
  8. intimate or familiar: a near friend.
  9. narrow or close: a near escape.
  10. thrifty or stingy: near with one's pocketbook.
  11. (of two draft animals hitched together) being on the driver's left (as opposed to off): The near horse is going lame.
  12. There is a shopping area near at hand.
    1. in the immediate vicinity:There is a shopping area near at hand.
    2. in the near future; soon:The departure is near at hand.
  1. at, to, or within a short distance, or no great distance, from or of: regions near the equator.
  2. close to in time: near the beginning of the year.
  3. close to a condition or state: He is near death.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to come or draw near; approach: The boat neared the dock. Storm clouds neared.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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