- 1 at a short distance away A bomb exploded somewhere near. She took a step nearer. Visitors came from near and far.
- 2 a short time away in the future The exams are drawing near.
- 3(especially in compounds) almost a near-perfect performance I'm as near certain as can be. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse nær
(informal) almost; almost completely One dog looks pretty much like another to me. He goes out pretty well every night. The first stage is pretty near finished. used to comment on something that was almost successful but in fact failed