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near - Dictionary definition and meaning for word near

(verb) move towards
Example Sentence
  • We were approaching our destination
  • They are drawing near
  • The enemy army came nearer and nearer

(adj) not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
Synonyms : close , nigh
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) being on the left side
Synonyms : nigh
Example Sentence
  • the near or nigh horse is the one on the left
  • the animal's left side is its near or nigh side

(adj) closely resembling the genuine article
Example Sentence
  • near beer
  • a dress of near satin

(adj) giving or spending with reluctance
Example Sentence
  • our cheeseparing administration
  • very close (or near) with his money
  • a penny-pinching miserly old man

(adj) with or in a close or intimate relationship
Synonyms : dear , good
Example Sentence
  • a good friend
  • my sisters and brothers are near and dear

(adj) very close in resemblance
Synonyms : approximate
Example Sentence
  • sketched in an approximate likeness
  • a near likeness

(adv) near in time or place or relationship
Synonyms : close , nigh
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adv) (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
Synonyms : about , almost , most , nearly , nigh , virtually , well-nigh
Example Sentence
  • 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

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