Definitions for nearnɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nearnɪər(adv. and adj.; prep.; v.)near•er, near•est

  1. (adv.)at, within, or to a short distance; close in space.

  2. close in time:

    The new year draws near.

  3. closely with respect to connection, similarity, etc. (often used in combination):

    a near-standing position.

  4. almost; nearly:

    a period of near 30 years.

  5. Naut. close to the wind.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  6. Archaic. in a thrifty or stingy manner.

  7. (adj.)being close by; not distant:

    the near fields.

  8. being the lesser in distance:

    the near side.

  9. short or direct:

    the near road.

  10. close in time:

    the near future.

  11. closely related or connected:

    our nearest relatives.

  12. close to an original:

    a near translation.

  13. intimate or familiar:

    a near and dear friend.

  14. narrow or close:

    a near escape.

  15. thrifty or stingy.

  16. (of a vehicle, single animal, or pair of animals hitched side by side) designating the left as seen from the rider's or driver's viewpoint

    Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: (opposed to off 1 48 ).

  17. (prep.)at, to, or within a short distance, or no great distance, from:

    regions near the equator.

  18. close to in time:

    near the beginning of the year.

  19. close to a condition or state:

    to be near death.

  20. (v.i.)to come or draw near; approach.

Idioms for near:

  1. near at hand, in the immediate vicinity. in the near future.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of near:

bef. 900; ME nere, OE nēar, comp. of nēahnigh


Princeton's WordNet

  1. near, close, nigh(adj)

    not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances

    "near 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"

  2. near(a), nigh(a)(adj)

    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"

  3. near(adj)

    closely resembling the genuine article

    "near beer"; "a dress of near satin"

  4. cheeseparing, close, near, penny-pinching, skinny(adj)

    giving or spending with reluctance

    "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man"

  5. dear, good, near(adj)

    with or in a close or intimate relationship

    "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"

  6. approximate, near(verb)

    very close in resemblance

    "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"

  7. approach, near, come on, go up, draw near, draw close, come near(adverb)

    move towards

    "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"

  8. near, nigh, close(adverb)

    near in time or place or relationship

    "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"; "The end draws nigh"; "the bullet didn't come close"; "don't get too close to the fire"

  9. about, almost, most, nearly, near, nigh, virtually, well-nigh(adverb)

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

    "the 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. near(preposition)ɪər

    at a short distance; = close

    We live near the old factory.; He moved nearer to her.

  2. nearɪər

    at a time that is not far away; = close

    Thanksgiving is near the end of November.

  3. nearɪər

    indicates a number is slightly higher or lower than sth; = close

    With gas prices near the $3 mark, it's getting more expensive to drive a car.; temperatures dropping near zero

  4. nearɪər

    similar to; = close

    Nobody comes near to him in speed.

  5. nearɪər

    in a state similar to; = close

    an old man near death; worshipers reaching near ecstasy

  6. near(adjective)ɪər

    ≠ far

    the nearest star to Earth; I could tell the plane was near.

  7. nearɪər

    almost sth, or almost in a particular state

    a near tragedy; reports that she is near death

  8. nearɪər

    the most similar; = the closest

    I was the nearest thing to a sister he had.

  9. nearɪər

    at a time not very long from now

    He'll be visiting again in the near future.

  10. near(adverb)ɪər

    at a short distance; = close

    as the horses came nearer

  11. nearɪər

    at a time that is not far away; = close

    as the end of summer drew near

  12. nearɪər

    used with adjectives to mean "almost"

    a near-perfect score

  13. nearɪər

    emphasizes sth is not enough

    Six months is nowhere near enough time.

  14. near(verb)ɪər

    to come closer to a time; = approach

    The year is nearing its end.


  1. near(Verb)

    To decrease the distance to something.

  2. near(Adverb)

    Having a small intervening distance with regard to something.

    I'm near sighted.

  3. near(Adverb)


  4. near(Adjective)

    physically close.

  5. near(Adjective)


    The end is near.

  6. near(Adjective)

    approximate, almost

    The two words are near synonyms.

  7. near(Preposition)

    close to, in close proximity to.

  8. near(Preposition)

    close to in time.

    The voyage was near completion.

  9. Origin: From nere, ner, from near, influenced by nær, both originating from nēhwizô, comparative of the adverb nēhw, and from meg'hr- . Cognate with niar, nahor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Near(adverb)

    at a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh

  2. Near(adverb)

    nearly; almost; well-nigh

  3. Near(adverb)

    closely; intimately

  4. Near(adverb)

    not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh

  5. Near(adverb)

    closely connected or related

  6. Near(adverb)

    close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend

  7. Near(adverb)

    close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original

  8. Near(adverb)

    so as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape

  9. Near(adverb)

    next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near ox; the near leg. See Off side, under Off, a

  10. Near

    immediate; direct; close; short

  11. Near

    close-fisted; parsimonious

  12. Near

    adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a

  13. Near(adverb)

    to approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land

  14. Near(verb)

    to draw near; to approach


  1. Near

    Nate River, universally referred to by the mononym Near, is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Death Note. Near is the younger of the two successors of L who was investigating the methods and identity of Kira, the in-universe name given to the mysterious serial killer who murdered criminals by means of the eponymous Death Note. He becomes the leader of the SPK, an organization that looks into the Kira case, and in the end, succeeds in uncovering Kira's identity. He is voiced by Noriko Hidaka in the Japanese version anime, and Cathy Weseluck in the English dubbed version of the anime.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'near' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #714

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'near' in Written Corpus Frequency: #908

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'near' in Adverbs Frequency: #330

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'near' in Adjectives Frequency: #308

Anagrams of near

  1. Arne, earn, nare, Nera

  2. Nare

  3. Nera

Translations for near

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not far away in place or time

The station is quite near; Christmas is getting near.

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