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near

preposition  /nɪər/ ( also near to,  /ˈnɪər tə, tu/) us  
close to; not far away from in distance, time, or relationship: We live near the school. She asked to sit nearer the front of the classroom. It will probably be near midnight by the time we get home. We couldn’t park anywhere near the theater.

near

adjective [-er/-est only]  /nɪər/ us  
not far away in distance, time, or relationship: in the near future The nearest library is in the next town.
nearness
noun [U]  /ˈnɪər·nəs/ us  
I’m surprised by the nearness of her.

near

adverb [-er/-est only]  /nɪər/ us  
not far away in distance, time, or relationship: I wish we lived nearer. I was standing near enough to hear what they were saying.

near

verb [I/T]  /nɪər/ us  
to come closer to something, or to approach: [I] As the big day nears, I’m starting to get nervous. [T] The project is nearing completion.
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