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Definition of Near

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

I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart. - Pope John XXIII
I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.
Pope John XXIII

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 time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
George Washington

When Americans are asked to rank professions in terms of honesty and ethics, insurance agents routinely end up near the bottom of the list - somewhere between politicians and car salesmen. Generally, insurers are seen as clever hucksters who prey on insecurity and ignorance to sell people what they don't need at prices they shouldn't have to pay.
James Surowiecki
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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