Definition of near adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//nɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪr//
    (nearer, nearest)
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  1. 1  at a short distance away A bomb exploded somewhere near. She took a step nearer. Visitors came from near and far.
  2. 2  a short time away in the future The exams are drawing near.
  3. 3(especially in compounds) almost a near-perfect performance I'm as near certain as can be.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse nær ‘nearer’, comparative of , corresponding to Old English nēah ‘nigh’.Idioms as accurately as There were about 3 000 people there, as near as I could judge.
    as near as damn it/dammit
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    (British English, informal) used to say that an amount is so nearly correct that the difference does not matter It will cost £350, or as near as dammit.
    (British English, informal) used to say that something is so nearly true that the difference does not matter We've been here twenty years, near enough.
    not anywhere near/nowhere near
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    far from; not at all The job doesn't pay anywhere near enough for me.
    pretty much/well (British English also pretty nearly) (North American English also pretty near)
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    (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
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: near