- 1at a short distance away A bomb exploded somewhere near. She took a step nearer. Visitors came from near and far.
- 2a 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. Idioms
as accurately as There were about 3 ,000 people there, as near as I could judge.
as near asjump to other results
far from; not at all The job doesn't pay anywhere near enough for me.
not anywhere near/nowhere nearjump to other results
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.
pretty much/near/well (informal)jump to other results
used to comment on something that was almost successful, but in fact failed
so near and yet so farjump to other results