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(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' .

(adj.) closely resembling the genuine article; 'near beer'; 'a dress of near satin' .

(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' .

(adv.) 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'.

Editor: Spence--From WordNet


(adv.) At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.

(adv.) Nearly; almost; well-nigh.

(adv.) Closely; intimately.

(adv.) Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh.

(adv.) Closely connected or related.

(adv.) Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.

(adv.) Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.

(adv.) So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape.

(adv.) 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.

(a) Immediate; direct; close; short.

(a) Close-fisted; parsimonious.

(prep.) Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a.

(adv.) To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.

(v. i.) To draw near; to approach.

Checked by Curtis

Synonyms and Synonymous

a. [1]. Nigh, close, neighboring, adjacent, contiguous, proximate, adjoining, not far, not distant, bordering upon, approximate to, close upon, close by, hard upon, close at hand.[2]. Imminent, impending, forthcoming, approaching, threatening, at hand, about to happen, going to happen.[3]. Intimate, dear, familiar, closely allied, closely attached.[4]. Direct, short, straight.

ad. Nearly.

prep. Nigh, close to, close by, not far from.

Editor: Oswald

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Nigh, close, adjacent, neighboring,{(Sometimes_used_in_the_sense_of_parsimonious)}

ANT:Far, distant, remote

Edited by Barton


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.

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Editor: Terence


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