I. adverb Etymology: Middle English ner, partly from ner nearer, from Old English nēar, comparative of nēah nigh; partly from Old Norse nær nearer, comparative of nā- nigh — more at nigh Date: 13th century 1. at, within, or to a short distance or time <
sunset was drawing near
2. almost, nearly <
was near dead
3. in a close or intimate manner ; closely <
near related
4. archaic in a frugal manner II. preposition Date: 13th century close to <
beaches near the city
seemed to be near death
III. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. not far distant in time, place, or degree <
in the near future
b. almost happening ; narrowly missed or avoided <
a near win in the primary
a near midair collision
c. nearly not happening <
a near escape
2. closely related or intimately associated <
her nearest and dearest friend
3. a. being the closer of two <
the near side
b. being the left-hand one of a pair <
the near wheel of a cart
4. direct, short <
the nearest road
5. stingy, closefisted 6. a. closely resembling the standard or typical <
a near desert
b. approximating the genuine <
near silk
nearness noun IV. verb Date: 1513 approach

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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