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Definition of near:

  1. Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a.
  2. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
  3. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
  4. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
  5. Close- fisted; parsimonious.
  6. Closely connected or related.
  7. Closely; intimately.
  8. Immediate; direct; close; short.
  9. Nearly; almost; well- nigh.
  10. Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near ox; the near leg. See Off side, under Off, a.
  11. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh.
  12. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape.
  13. To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.
  14. To draw near; to approach.

Synonyms:

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