nearing

near

[neer]
adverb, nearer, nearest.
1.
close; to a point or place not far away: Come near so I won't have to shout.
2.
at, within, or to a short distance.
3.
close in time: The New Year draws near.
4.
close in relation; closely with respect to connection, similarity, intimacy, etc. (often used in combination): a near-standing position.
5.
all but; almost; nearly: a period of near 30 years.
6.
Nautical. close to the wind.
7.
Archaic. in a thrifty or stingy manner.
adjective, nearer, nearest.
8.
being close by; not distant: the near fields.
9.
being the lesser in distance: the near side.
10.
short or direct: the near road.
11.
close in time: the near future.
12.
closely related or connected: our nearest relatives.
13.
close to an original: a near translation.
14.
closely affecting one's interests or feelings: a matter of near consequence to one.
15.
intimate or familiar: a near friend.
16.
narrow or close: a near escape.
17.
thrifty or stingy: near with one's pocketbook.
18.
(of two draft animals hitched together) being on the driver's left (as opposed to off ): The near horse is going lame.
preposition
19.
at, to, or within a short distance, or no great distance, from or of: regions near the equator.
20.
close to in time: near the beginning of the year.
21.
close to a condition or state: He is near death.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
22.
to come or draw near; approach: The boat neared the dock. Storm clouds neared.
Idioms
23.
near at hand,
a.
in the immediate vicinity: There is a shopping area near at hand.
b.
in the near future; soon: The departure is near at hand.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English nere, Old English nēar, comparative of nēah nigh

nearness, noun
overnear, adjective, adverb
overnearness, noun


11. imminent, impending, approaching. 17. tight, miserly.


1, 2, 8–11, 18. far. 17. generous.
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near (nɪə)
 
prep
1.  at or to a place or time not far away from; close to
 
adv
2.  at or to a place or time not far away; close by
3.  near to not far from; near
4.  short for nearly : I was damn near killed
 
adj
5.  at or in a place not far away
6.  (postpositive) not far away in time; imminent: departure time was near
7.  (prenominal) only just successful or only just failing: a near escape
8.  informal (postpositive) miserly, mean
9.  (prenominal) closely connected or intimate: a near relation
 
vb
10.  to come or draw close (to)
 
n
11.  Also called: nearside
 a.  the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
 b.  (as modifier): the near foreleg
 
[Old English nēar (adv), comparative of nēah close, nigh; related to Old Frisian niār, Old Norse nǣr, Old High German nāhōr]
 
'nearness
 
n

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near
O.E. near "closer, nearer," comp. of neah, neh "nigh." Influenced by O.N. naer "near," it came to be used as a positive form mid-13c., and new comp. nearer developed 1500s (see nigh). Originally an adv., but now supplanted in most such senses by nearly; it has in turn supplanted
correct nigh as an adjective. In near and dear (1620s) it refers to nearness of kinship. Verb meaning "to draw near" is attested from 1510s. Near East first attested 1891, in Kipling. Near beer "low-alcoholic brew" is from 1909.
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