- near [nir]adv.[ME nere < ON & OE: ON nær, near (orig. compar. of nā-): OE near, nearer, compar. of neah, NIGH]1. at or to a relatively short distance in space or time [summer draws near]2. relatively close in degree; almost: now usually nearly [near right]3. closely; intimately4. Rare in a stingy manneradj.1. close in distance or time; not far2. close in relationship; akin3. close in feelings, desires, etc.; close in friendship4.a) close in degree; narrow [a near escape]b) almost happening [a near accident]5. on the left side, facing forward: said of an animal in double harness, a wagon wheel, etc.: opposed to OFF16. short or direct [take the near way]7. stingy; niggardly8. somewhat resembling; approximating [a near likeness]prep.at a relatively short distance from in space, time, degree, etc.; close to [towns near the border, the hours near midnight]vt., vi.to come or draw near (to); approach——————near at handvery close in time or spacenearnessn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.