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English definition of “near-”

near-

prefix uk   /nɪər-/ us    /nɪr-/
combines with adjectives and nouns to mean 'almost': We had a near-disaster this morning in the car! She was near-hysterical by the time I arrived there.AlmostMerely and barely
(Definition of near- prefix from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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