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near

adverb, preposition uk   /nɪər/ us    /nɪr/
A1 not far away in distance: Is there a train station near here? I'd like to sit near a window, please. Don't come too near me - you might catch my cold. The hotel is near the airport. Which bus stop is nearest (to) your house? I was standing just near enough to hear what they were saying.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen B2 not far away in time: As the date of his operation drew near, he became more and more anxious. Her birthday was getting nearer and I still hadn't bought her a present.UK We can decide which route to take nearer the time.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen C2 almost in a particular state, or condition: The runners looked near exhaustion. I was near (to) tears (= almost cried) at one point during the film.AlmostMerely and barely nowhere near C1 not close in distance, time, amount, or quality: The house was nowhere near the sea. It's nowhere near time for us to leave yet. I'm nowhere near finishing the book - I'm only half-way through it. He's nowhere near as tall as his sister.Distant in space and time near enough informal almost: They're the same age or near enough.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happenAlmostMerely and barely

near

adjective [before noun] uk   /nɪər/ us    /nɪr/
B1 not far away in distance, time, characteristics, or quality: Where's the nearest post office? My pocket knife is the nearest thing (= the most similar thing) to a weapon that I have. I couldn't get any cream cheese so I bought the nearest equivalent (= the most similar thing) that I could find.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen UK Your near relatives are people who are closely related to you, such as your parents, brothers, or sisters.Family relations in general in the near future B2 at a time that is not far away: All our computer equipment will be replaced in the near future.In the future and soon
nearness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
I bought my house because of its nearness to the office where I work.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen

near

verb [I or T] uk   /nɪər/ us    /nɪr/
to get close to something in distance, time, or state: I'm pleased to say the project is nearing completion. As the wedding day neared, I started to have second thoughts about getting married. The captain switched on the seat belt sign as we neared the airport.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen
(Definition of near adverb, preposition, adjective, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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