Near - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |nɪr|  American pronunciation of the word near
Brit.  |nɪə|  British pronunciation of the word near
- move towards (syn: approach, come on, go up)
- being on the left side (syn: nigh)
- closely resembling the genuine article
- giving or spending with reluctance (syn: cheeseparing, close, penny- pinching, skinny)
- with or in a close or intimate relationship (syn: dear, good)
- very close in resemblance (syn: approximate)
- near in time or place or relationship (syn: close, nigh)
- (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but (syn: about, almost, most, nearly, nigh, virtually, well- nigh)


The plant was near dead when I got it. the campers grew cold, so they gravitated nearer to the campfire...

I left the box near the door.

The cat won't go near fire.

There are several beaches near here.

She came home near midnight.

We feared he was near death.

The nearest grocery store is three blocks away.

The near side headlight is out.

As the date of the performance neared, we grew more and more anxious.

He always cheers up when baseball season nears.

The airplane began to descend as it neared the island.

He must be nearing 80 years of age.

The negotiators were nearing a decision.

The new year draws near.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: near
he/she/it: nears
present participle: nearing
past tense: neared
past participle: neared
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