1. [ pronoun ] preposition, at the side of, or in close proximity to
Synonyms: at beside alongside next_to near_to by
2. [ adjective ] not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
Synonyms: close

"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 close to tears" "had a close call"

Related terms: far nearby neighbor nearer nighest adjacent warm moral nigh distance
3. [ adverb ] near in time or place or relationship
Synonyms: close nigh

"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"

4. [ verb ] move towards
Synonyms: approach come_on go_up draw_near come_near draw_close

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

Related terms: come close bear_down_on push edge_in drive_up approach approach advance
5. [ adverb ] (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished
Synonyms: almost nearly all_but virtually just_about well-nigh most about nigh

"the job is (just) about done" "the baby was almost asleep" "we're almost finished" "the car all but ran her down" "he nearly fainted" "well-nigh perfect" "virtually everyone"

6. [ adjective ] being on the left side
Synonyms: nigh

"the near or nigh horse is the one on the left" "the animal's left side is its near or nigh side"

Related terms: left
7. [ adjective ] with or in a close or intimate relationship
Synonyms: good dear

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

Related terms: close
8. [ adjective ] very close in resemblance
Synonyms: approximate

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

Related terms: close
9. [ pronoun ] preposition, proximity
Synonyms: about close_to
10. [ adjective ] closely resembling the genuine article

"near beer" "a dress of near satin"

Related terms: artificial
11. [ adjective ] giving or spending with reluctance
Synonyms: close penny-pinching cheeseparing

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

Related terms: stingy
12. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 13203
13. [ adjective ] (comparative of `close') indicating the one of two that is the shorter distance away
Synonyms: closer

"take the near street and ten turn right"

Related terms: close
Similar spelling:   Neary