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near

near

pronunciation:
nir
parts of speech:
adverb, adjective, preposition, transitive verb & intransitive verb
part of speech: adverb
inflections: nearer, nearest
definition 1: to, at, or within a comparatively short distance from a person or thing.
The lady waved to the children, but they were afraid to come near.
synonyms:
about, around, close, nearby, nigh
antonyms:
far
similar words:
hereabout, next door
definition 2: close in time, state, or condition.
As his wife's birthday drew near, he realized he needed to think of a gift.
synonyms:
close, nigh
antonyms:
far
similar words:
approximately, circa
definition 3: almost; nearly.
They were near blind from the sun.
synonyms:
almost, nearly, nigh, practically, well-nigh
similar words:
virtually
 
part of speech: adjective
inflections: nearer, nearest
definition 1: close in distance or time; not far from.
Compared with Neptune, Mars is a near planet.His new apartment is very near to his office.I look forward to seeing you in the near future.
synonyms:
close, nearby, nigh
antonyms:
distant, extreme, far, remote
similar words:
approximate, convenient, immediate, neighboring, next, proximate
definition 2: intimately associated, related, or connected.
Your brothers, sisters, and first cousins are near relatives.
synonyms:
close, connected, intimate, related, tight
antonyms:
distant, remote
similar words:
associated
definition 3: occurring or existing by a small margin.
The hero's near escape was the exciting part of the movie.
synonyms:
close, narrow, tight
definition 4: being a close reflection or reproduction.
The portrait was a near likeness.
synonyms:
approximate, close, like, proximate, rough
similar words:
akin, analogous, similar
definition 5: the closer of the two.
the near corner
antonyms:
far
 
part of speech: preposition
definition: at or close to.
Put the lamp near this end of the sofa.They bought a house near the ocean.
synonyms:
about, around, toward
similar words:
circa, next, round
 
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: neared, nearing, nears
definition: to move close or closer to.
The train slowed down as it neared the station.
synonyms:
approach, approximate, come
similar words:
close, close in on, draw near, impend, nudge, verge
derivation: nearness (n.)