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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Near \Near\, adjective [Compar. {Nearer}; superl. {Nearest}.] [See {Near}, adverb]

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. --Dryden.

2. Closely connected or related.

She is thy father's near kinswoman. --Lev. xviii. 12.

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[3]; as, a near escape; a near miss.

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}, adjective

7. Immediate; direct; close; short. "The nearest way." --Milton.

8. Close-fisted; parsimonious. [Obs. or Low, Eng.]

Note: 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; familiar; dear.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Near \Near\ (n[=e]r), adverb [AS. ne['a]r, compar. of ne['a]h 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. --Milton.

2. Nearly; almost; well-nigh. "Near twenty years ago." --Shak. "Near a fortnight ago." --Addison.

Near about the yearly value of the land. --Locke.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Near \Near\, verb (used without an object) To draw near; to approach.

A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist! And still it neared, and neared. --Coleridge.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Near \Near\, preposition Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under {near}, adjective

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Near \Near\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Neared}; p. pr. & vb. n {Nearing}.] [See {Near}, adverb] To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

near

adverb

1: 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"; "don't get too close to the fire" [syn: {near}, {nigh}, {close}]

2: (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but; "the job is (just) about done"; "the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; "we're almost finished"; "the car all but ran her down"; "he nearly fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the parties signed the contract"; "I was near exhausted by the run"; "most everyone agrees" [syn: {about}, {almost}, {most}, {nearly}, {near}, {nigh}, {virtually}, {well-nigh}]

adjective

1: 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"; "had a close call" [syn: {near}, {close}, {nigh}] [ant: {far}]

2: being on the left side; "the near or nigh horse is the one on the left"; "the animal's left side is its near or nigh side" [syn: {near(a)}, {nigh(a)}]

3: closely resembling the genuine article; "near beer"; "a dress of near satin"

4: giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man" [syn: {cheeseparing}, {close}, {near}, {penny-pinching}, {skinny}]

5: with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" [syn: {dear}, {good}, {near}]

6: very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness" [syn: {approximate}, {near}]

verb

1: move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer" [syn: {approach}, {near}, {come on}, {go up}, {draw near}, {draw close}, {come near}]


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