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near

adverb, preposition
 
 
/nɪər/
DISTANCE A1 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?Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen
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.AlmostMerely and barely
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.AlmostMerely and barely
TIME B2 not far away in time: She shouldn't be partying so near her exams. We can decide nearer the time.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen
SIMILAR similar: The feelings I had were near hysteria. He is Russia's nearest thing to a rock legend.Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
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.Distant in space and time
near enough almost: The books were ordered near enough alphabetically.AlmostMerely and barely
(Definition of near adverb, preposition from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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