—nearness, n.adv.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.adj.8. being close by; not distant: the near fields.9. being the lesser in distance: the near side.10. short or direct: the near road.11. close in time: the near future.12. closely related or connected: our nearest relatives.13. close to an original: a near translation.14. closely affecting one's interests or feelings: a matter of near consequence to one.15. intimate or familiar: a near friend.16. narrow or close: a near escape.17. thrifty or stingy: near with one's pocketbook.18. (of two draft animals hitched together) being on the driver's left (as opposed to off): The near horse is going lame.19. 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.prep.20. at, to, or within a short distance, or no great distance, from or of: regions near the equator.21. close to in time: near the beginning of the year.22. close to a condition or state: He is near death.v.t., v.i.23. to come or draw near; approach: The boat neared the dock. Storm clouds neared.[bef. 900; ME nere, OE near, comp. of neah NIGH]Syn. 11. imminent, impending, approaching. 17. tight, miserly.Ant. 1, 2, 8-11, 18. far. 17. generous.
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