near Definition

  • 1at or to a short distance away from something
  • 2almost at a particular state, condition, or quality
  • 3not far away in time or degree

Using near: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "near" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The store is near the park.

  • Example

    We are near the end of the project.

  • Example

    He was near tears when he heard the news.

near Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using near

  • at a time that is not far away


    We plan to expand our business in the near future.

  • near and far



    We searched for the lost dog near and far.

  • bordering on being offensive or indecent


    His jokes were a bit near the knuckle for my taste.

Phrases with near

  • near and dear

    very important or emotionally close to someone


    Her family is near and dear to her heart.

  • a narrowly avoided collision or other disaster


    The car had a near miss with a pedestrian.

  • something that almost happened or was almost true


    It was a near thing, but we managed to finish the project on time.

Origins of near

from Old English 'neah', meaning 'nigh'


Summary: near in Brief

The adverb 'near' [nɪər] refers to a short distance away from something, as well as almost reaching a particular state or quality. It can also denote a temporal proximity, as in 'We are near the end of the project.' 'Near' has idiomatic uses such as 'near miss,' which describes a narrowly avoided disaster, and 'in the near future,' which refers to a time not far away. The phrase 'near and dear' denotes emotional closeness, while 'near the knuckle' implies borderline offensiveness.

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