What does near mean?

Definitions for nearnɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word near.

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"


  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

  15. Origin: [See Near, adv.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Near

    nēr, adj. nigh: not far away in place or time: close in kin or friendship: dear: following or imitating anything closely: close, narrow, so as barely to escape: short, as a road: greedy, stingy: on the left in riding or driving.—adv. at a little distance: almost: closely,—prep. close to.—v.t. and v.i. to approach: to come nearer.—adjs. Near′-by, adjacent; Near′-hand (Scot.), near—also adv. nearly.—adv. Near′ly, at no great distance: closely: intimately: pressingly: almost: stingily.—n. Near′ness, the state of being near: closeness: intimacy: close alliance: stinginess.—adj. Near′-sight′ed, seeing distinctly only when near, myopic, short-sighted.—n. Near′-sight′edness.—Near point, the nearest point the eye can focus. [A.S. neár, comp. of neáh, nigh; Ice. nær; Ger. näher.]

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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 for near »

  1. Arne, earn, nare, Nera

  2. Nare

  3. Nera


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of near in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of near in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Ritter:

    Retirement was in his near future.

  2. Philip Tulk:

    The business model looks near-broken.

  3. Peter Ehrlich:

    Every time I go near him he walks away.

  4. Adnan Tannous:

    It gives nowhere near the heat of diesel.

  5. Mohammed Srou-Mallah:

    I'm not going near the sea for some time.

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