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Definition of Near


  1. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
  2. Nearly; almost; well-nigh.
  3. Closely; intimately.
  4. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh.
  5. Closely connected or related.
  6. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
  7. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
  8. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape.
  9. 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.
  10. Immediate; direct; close; short.
  11. Close-fisted; parsimonious.
  12. Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a.
  13. To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.
  14. To draw near; to approach.

Near Quotations

The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downstairs, or in the same room, and you feel that warmth that you don't find very often, then that is what love is all about.
Bruce Forsyth

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
Swami Vivekananda

The American flag, Old Glory, standing tall and flying free over American soil for 228 years is the symbol of our beloved country. It is recognized from near and afar, and many lives have been lost defending it.
Jeff Miller

As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.

I went to the University of Vermont because I had a kind of unrequited love for this high school girlfriend. She wasn't even at the University but at another school nearby. But I thought if went to a school near her, just maybe... I was really remedial about girls in so many ways.
Ben Affleck
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Near Translations

near in Afrikaans is aanstaande, na
near in Dutch is eerstvolgend, aanstaand, komend
near in German is nahe
near in Latin is propter, propinquus, prope, prope
near in Portuguese is perto
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