(noun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition)


1. not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances

- near neighbors

- in the near future

- they are near equals

Similar word(s): adjacent, nearby, warm, hot, close, nigh

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

Similar word(s): left, nigh

3. closely resembling the genuine article

- near beer

- a dress of near satin

Similar word(s): artificial, unreal

4. giving or spending with reluctance

- very close (or near) with his money

Similar word(s): stingy, ungenerous, cheeseparing, close, skinny

5. with or in a close or intimate relationship

- my sisters and brothers are near and dear

Similar word(s): close, dear, good

6. very close in resemblance

- a near likeness

Similar word(s): close, approximate

Sentences with near as an adjective:

- a near friend

- a version near to the original

- a near escape

- The end is near.

- The two words are near synonyms.

- the near ox; the near leg


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

Similar word(s): close, nigh

2. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

- he nearly fainted

- I was near exhausted by the run

Similar word(s): about, almost, most, nearly, nigh, virtually

Sentences with near as an adverb:

- I'm near-sighted.


1. The left side of a horse or of a team of horses pulling a carriage etc.


1. Close to, in close proximity to.

- There are habitable planets orbiting many of the stars near our Sun.

2. Close to in time.

- The voyage was near completion.


1. move towards

- They are drawing near

- The enemy army came nearer and nearer

Similar word(s): approach

Definition categories: motion, come

Sentences with near as a verb:

- The ship nears the land.