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1 near /ˈniɚ/ adverb
nearer; nearest
1 near
/ˈniɚ/
adverb
nearer; nearest
Learner's definition of NEAR
: close to someone or something in distance
often used figuratively
: not far away in time
: almost or nearly
see also nowhere near at 1nowhere

as near as damn it

British, informal or as near as dammit
used to say that something is so close to being correct or true that it can be regarded as correct or true

(as) near as I can tell/figure

US, informal
: based on what I know

from far and near, from near and far

see 1far
2 near /ˈniɚ/ preposition
2 near
/ˈniɚ/
preposition
Learner's definition of NEAR
: close to (something or someone)
3 near /ˈniɚ/ adjective
nearer; nearest
3 near
/ˈniɚ/
adjective
nearer; nearest
Learner's definition of NEAR
: located a short distance away : close
: not far away in time
always used before a noun
used to refer to the side, end, etc., that is closer
British, of a car : left-hand see also nearside
always used before a noun : almost happening
see also near miss
always used before a noun
: close to being something
nearest : most similar
: coming after someone or something : in the position or rank after someone or something
always used before a noun : closely related

near and dear

: very close in relationship

too near for comfort

see 1comfort

to the nearest

used to indicate the number of pounds, dollars, etc., that is closest to a slightly higher or lower number or amount

— nearness

noun [noncount]
4 near /ˈniɚ/ verb
nears; neared; nearing
4 near
/ˈniɚ/
verb
nears; neared; nearing
Learner's definition of NEAR
: to come closer in space or time to someone or something : approach
[no object]
[+ object]
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