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Definition 1: move towards - [verb of motion]

Samples where near or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We were approaching our destination
  • They are drawing near
  • The enemy army came nearer and nearer

Synonyms for near in the sense of this definition

(near is a kind of ...) move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody

"He came singing down the road" "Come with me to the Casbah" "come down here!" "come out of the closet!" "come into the room"

(... is a kind of near ) approach while driving

"The truck entered the driveway and drove up towards the house"

(... is a kind of near ) sail towards another vessel, of a ship

(... is a kind of near ) push one's way into (a space)

(... is a kind of near ) draw near

"The probe closed with the space station"

(... is a kind of near ) approach a certain age or speed

"She is pushing fifty"

(near implies ...) move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

"Time marches on"

(near has a similar meaning as ...) come near in time

"Winter is approaching" "approaching old age"

Definition 2: not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where near or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • near neighbors
  • in the near future
  • they are near equals
  • his nearest approach to success
  • a very near thing
  • a near hit by the bomb
  • she was near tears
  • she was close to tears
  • had a close call

Synonyms for near in the sense of this definition

(near is similar to ...) near or close to but not necessarily touching

"lands adjacent to the mountains" "New York and adjacent cities"

(near is similar to ...) close at hand

"the nearby towns" "concentrated his study on the nearby planet Venus"

(near is similar to ...) of a seeker; near to the object sought

"you're getting warm" "hot on the trail"

(near is similar to ...) of a seeker; very near to the object sought

"you are hot"

(... are attributes of near) the property created by the space between two objects or points

Definition 3: near in time or place or relationship - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where near or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • as the wedding day drew near
  • stood near the door
  • don't shoot until they come near
  • getting near to the true explanation
  • her mother is always near
  • The end draws nigh
  • the bullet didn't come close
  • don't get too close to the fire

Synonyms for near in the sense of this definition

Definition 4: (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where near or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the job is (just) about done
  • the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
  • we're almost finished
  • the car all but ran her down
  • he nearly fainted
  • talked for nigh onto 2 hours
  • the recording is well-nigh perfect
  • virtually all the parties signed the contract
  • I was near exhausted by the run
  • most everyone agrees

Synonyms for near in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: closely resembling the genuine article - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where near or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • near beer
  • a dress of near satin

(near is similar to ...) contrived by art rather than nature

"artificial flowers" "artificial flavoring" "an artificial diamond" "artificial fibers" "artificial sweeteners"

Definition 6: with or in a close or intimate relationship - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where near or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a good friend
  • my sisters and brothers are near and dear

Synonyms for near in the sense of this definition

(near is similar to ...) close in relevance or relationship

"a close family" "we are all...in close sympathy with..." "close kin" "a close resemblance"

Definition 7: being on the left side - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where near or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the near or nigh horse is the one on the left
  • the animal's left side is its near or nigh side

Synonyms for near in the sense of this definition

(near is similar to ...) being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north

"my left hand" "left center field" "the left bank of a river is bank on your left side when you are facing downstream"

Definition 8: giving or spending with reluctance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where near or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • our cheeseparing administration
  • very close (or near) with his money
  • a penny-pinching miserly old man

Synonyms for near in the sense of this definition

(near is similar to ...) unwilling to spend (money, time, resources, etc.)

"she practices economy without being stingy" "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"

Definition 9: very close in resemblance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where near or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sketched in an approximate likeness
  • a near likeness

Synonyms for near in the sense of this definition

(near is similar to ...) close in relevance or relationship

"a close family" "we are all...in close sympathy with..." "close kin" "a close resemblance"

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