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Things that are near are close by or recent. From far away, a hawk might look like a speck in the sky, but when it comes near, you can see how enormous and beautiful it is.

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

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

Adjective
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";

Adjective S.
very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"

Adjective S.
with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"

Adjective S.
giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man"

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Adjective S.
closely resembling the genuine article; "near beer"; "a dress of near satin"

Adverb

Adverb
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";


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.

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Immediate; direct; close; short.

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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.


Near

Near , adv. [AS. ne'a0r, compar. of ne'a0h nigh. See Nigh.] 1. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me.
2. Nearly; almost; well-nigh. "Near twenty years ago." Shak. "Near a fortnight ago." Addison.
Near about the yearly value of the land.
3. Closely; intimately. Shak. Far and near, at a distance and close by; throughout a whole region. -- To come near to, to want but little of; to approximate to. "Such a sum he found would go near to ruin him." Addison. -- Near the wind (Naut.), close to the wind; closehauled.

Near

Near , a. [Compar. Nearer ; superl. Nearest.] [See Near, adv.] 1. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh. "As one near death." Shak.
He served great Hector, and was ever near, Not with his trumpet only, but his spear.
2. Closely connected or related.
She is thy father's near kinswoman.
3. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend. 4. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original. 5. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape. 6. 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. 7. Immediate; direct; close; short. "The nearest way." Milton. 8. Close-fisted; parsimonious. [Obs. or Low, Eng.] &hand; Near may properly be followed by to before the thing approached'; but more frequently to is omitted, and the adjective or the adverb is regarded as a preposition. The same is also true of the word nigh. Syn. -- Nigh; close; adjacent; proximate; contiguous; present; ready; intimate; dear.

Near

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

Near

Near, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Neared ; p. pr. & vb. n Nearing.] [See Near, adv.] To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.

Near

Near, v. i. To draw near; to approach.
A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist! And still it neared, and neared.

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

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

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

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

To draw near; to approach.

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Usage Examples

And we know there has been horrendous loss of life and suffering and we know that there is anger. Anyone who came anywhere near the general election in constituencies with a substantial Muslim population knows that.

As the third anniversary of the September 11th attacks draws near we must ensure our nation is prepared to handle the continued threat of violence and terrorism on our country.

After a few months in my parents' basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of these things are dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations.

All we need, really, is a change from a near frigid to a tropical attitude of mind.

As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new - and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.

Ever since the Crusades, when Christians from western Europe were fighting holy wars against Muslims in the near east, western people have often perceived Islam as a violent and intolerant faith - even though when this prejudice took root Islam had a better record of tolerance than Christianity.

A family with the wrong members in control that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.

A globalized world is by now a familiar fact of life. Building walls or moats may sound appealing, but the future belongs to those who tend to their people and then boldly engage the rest of the world, near and far.

For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another's happiness.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.

For many members of Congress, the time for choosing is near - do what the party leadership demands, or do what the people have asked you to do. If my colleagues don't mind some advice from a newcomer, I'd suggest going with the will of the people.

Get up tomorrow early in the morning, and earlier than you did today, and do the best that you can. Always stay near me, for tomorrow I will have much to do and more than I ever had, and tomorrow blood will leave my body above the breast.

All things by immortal power. Near of far, to each other linked are, that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star.

Go, forget me - why should sorrow, O'er that brow a shadow fling? Go, forget me - and tomorrow, brightly smile and sweetly sing. Smile - though I shall not be near thee Sing - though I shall never hear thee.

Few men during their lifetime comes anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.

Because after my first year I had a lot of success, took everybody by storm, came back the next year thought it was easy and didn't have near the season I had the previous year. It was kind of a wake-up call. And so, life goes on.

Captain Hale, alone, without sympathy or support, save that from above, on the near approach of death asked for a clergyman to attend him. It was refused. He then requested a Bible that too was refused by his inhuman jailer.

A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.

And, of course, in the Philippines there were so many thousands of Americans that were captured by the Japanese and held and who were rescued by Filipino Americans, or Filipinos I should say, and by U.S. troops near the close of the war.

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