• Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; intimate; dear.

    "a near friend"

  • (of an event) Approaching.

    "The end is near."

  • (obsolete) Immediate; direct; close; short.
  • Closely connected or related.
  • So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow.

    "a near escape"

  • (dated) Next to the driver, when he is on foot; (US) on the left of an animal or a team.

    "the near ox; the near leg"

  • Physically close.
  • Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling.

    "a version near to the original"

  • Approximate, almost.

    "The two words are near synonyms."

  • (obsolete, slang) Stingy; parsimonious.


  • (colloquial) nearly
  • Having a small intervening distance with regard to something.

    "I'm near-sighted."


  • The left side of a horse or of a team of horses pulling a carriage etc.


  • Close to, in close proximity to.

    "There are habitable planets orbiting many of the stars near our Sun."

  • Close to in time.

    "The voyage was near completion."


  • To come closer to; to approach.

    "The ship nears the land."

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