Pronunciation: (nēr), [key]
—adv., -er, -est,
—adj., -er, -est,
1. close; to a point or place not far away: Come near so I won't have to shout.
2. at, within, or to a short distance.
3. close in time: The New Year draws near.
4. close in relation; closely with respect to connection, similarity, intimacy, etc. (often used in combination): a near-standing position.
5. all but; almost; nearly: a period of near 30 years.
6. Naut.close to the wind.
7. Archaic.in a thrifty or stingy manner.
1. being close by; not distant: the near fields.
2. being the lesser in distance: the near side.
3. short or direct: the near road.
4. close in time: the near future.
5. closely related or connected: our nearest relatives.
6. close to an original: a near translation.
7. closely affecting one's interests or feelings: a matter of near consequence to one.
8. intimate or familiar: a near friend.
9. narrow or close: a near escape.
10. thrifty or stingy: near with one's pocketbook.
11. (of two draft animals hitched together) being on the driver's left (as opposed to off): The near horse is going lame.
12. near at hand,
a. in the immediate vicinity: There is a shopping area near at hand.
b. in the near future; soon: The departure is near at hand.
1. at, to, or within a short distance, or no great distance, from or of: regions near the equator.
2. close to in time: near the beginning of the year.
3. close to a condition or state: He is near death.
to come or draw near; approach: The boat neared the dock. Storm clouds neared.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.