near - definition and synonyms

adjective, adverb, preposition 

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Near can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition: I lived near the school.I’ll write and let you know nearer the time.
as an adverb: Come nearer, and I’ll tell you the whole story.
as an adjective: I went into the nearest room.A climb in the mountains led to near disaster.
in the preposition phrase near to: Pull your chair nearer to the table.
  1. 1
    close to someone or something

    A group of students were standing near the entrance.

    The tornado destroyed two houses near Tulsa.

    The shops are quite near.

    I slept in the bed nearest the door.

    They live in a small cottage 15 miles from the nearest village.

    near to:

    Rosa moved a little nearer to the fire.

    1. a.
      used for referring to the side of something that is the closest to where you are

      I got into the near side of the bed.

    See also nearside
  2. 2
    getting close to a particular state or situation
    near to:

    Julian was near to panic as he suddenly realized that he was trapped.

    near to doing something:

    They are near to solving the puzzle.

    There were rumours that the 66-year-old leader was near death.

  3. 3
    not long before a particular time or event

    It was nearer three than two o’clock when he finally arrived.

    I had no intention of making any decision until much nearer the time.

    The incident occurred near the end of the war.

    draw near:

    The date of the election was drawing near.

  4. 4
    very similar to something

    What he’s saying now is near the truth, but it’s still not accurate.

    near to:

    My feelings were nearer to despair than disappointment.

  5. 5
    only a little less than a particular amount or number

    The temperature that day was near 30 degrees.

    The loss was near 15 per cent for the year.

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noun [uncountable]

There was a lot of mist around because of the garden’s nearness to the river.