DISTANCE › not far away in distance: Could you come a bit nearer, please? I stood near the window. They live in a small village near the Danish border. Are you going anywhere near the post office?
be/come near to doing sth › to almost achieve or do something: This is the nearest I've ever got to winning anything. He came near to punching him.
STATE › If something or someone is near a particular state, they are almost in that state: She looked near exhaustion. Climbing that mountain is near impossible without ropes. She was near to tears (= almost crying) when I told her.
TIME › not far away in time: She shouldn't be partying so near her exams. We can decide nearer the time.
SIMILAR › similar: The feelings I had were near hysteria. He is Russia's nearest thing to a rock legend.
nowhere near › not close in distance, amount, time, or quality: It wasn't me - I was nowhere near him. That's nowhere near enough for six people. It was nowhere near as difficult as I thought it would be.
near enough › almost: The books were ordered near enough alphabetically.