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English definition of “near-”


prefix     /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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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