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  1. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for `nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for `almost'; "the job is (just) about done"; "the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; "we're almost finished"; "the car all but ran her down"; "he nearly fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the parties signed the contract"; "I was near exhausted by the run"; "most everyone agrees" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. near in time or place or relationship; "as the wedding day drew near"; "stood near the door"; "don't shoot until they come near"; "getting near to the true explanation"; "her mother is always near"; "The end draws nigh"; "the bullet didn't come close"; "don't get too close to the fire" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; "near neighbors"; "in the near future"; "they are near equals"; "his nearest approach to success"; "a very near thing"; "a near hit by the bomb"; "she was near tears"; "she was close to tears"; "had a close call" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. (comparative of `close') indicating the one of two that is the shorter distance away; "take the near street and ten turn right" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. closely resembling the genuine article; "near beer"; "a dress of near satin" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. being on the left side; "the near or nigh horse is the one on the left"; "the animal's left side is its near or nigh side" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. To approach. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Nearer. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Nearly; almost; well-nigh. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Closely; intimately. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Closely connected or related. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near ox; the near leg. See Off side, under Off, a. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Immediate; direct; close; short. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Close-fisted; parsimonious. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To draw near; to approach. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Nearest. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  28. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; close, intimate; dear; as, near to my heart; familiar; narrow; in riding or driving, on the left; as, the near horse; direct or quick; as, to go by the near way; mean or stingy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. At a little distance; almost; closely. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. Close to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  31. To approach; come close to. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  32. Nearly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Nearness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. Nigh: not far distant: intimate: dear: close to anything followed or imitated: direct: stingy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. At a little distance: almost. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  36. To approach: to come nearer to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. Not far; almost. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  38. Not far; close; intimate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  39. Close by. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  40. Not far removed; close; familiar; intimate; in riding or driving, placed on the left. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. At little distance; nearly; closely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. Nigh; not far distant: closely related; intimate; united in close ties; dear; affecting one's interest or feelings; close; parsimonious; stipgy; next to one. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  43. Almost; within a little. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  44. To draw near. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  45. Not far distant; intimate; closely related by blood or affection; literal; not loose or rambling; direct; short; next to one; parsimonious; on the left, opposed to off in riding or driving. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  46. At no great distance from; close to, followed by to, expressed or understood, as the ship is near the harbour. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  47. To approach; to come nearer; to draw near. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  48. This word, as applied to space, can have no positive or precise meaning. It is a relative term, depending for its signification on the subject-matter in relation to which it is used and the circumstances under which it becomes necessary to apply it to sur- rounding objects. Barrett v. Schuyler County Court, 44 Mo. 197; People v. Collins, 19 Wend. (N. Y.) 00; Boston & P. It. Corp. v. Midland B. Co., 1 Gray (Mass.) 307; In- dianapolis & V. R. Co. v. Newsom, 54 Ind. 125; Ilolcomb v. Dauby, 51 Vt. 428. thelawdictionary.org
  49. n[=e]r, adj. nigh: not far away in place or time: close in kin or friendship: dear: following or imitating anything closely: close, narrow, so as barely to escape: short, as a road: greedy, stingy: on the left in riding or driving.--adv. at a little distance: almost: closely,--prep. close to.--v.t. and v.i. to approach: to come nearer.--adjs. NEAR'-BY, adjacent; NEAR'-HAND (Scot.), near--also adv. nearly.--adv. NEAR'LY, at no great distance: closely: intimately: pressingly: almost: stingily.--n. NEAR'NESS, the state of being near: closeness: intimacy: close alliance: stinginess.--adj. NEAR'-SIGHT'ED, seeing distinctly only when near, myopic, short-sighted.--n. NEAR'-SIGHT'EDNESS.--NEAR POINT, the nearest point the eye can focus. [A.S. neár, comp. of neáh, nigh; Ice. nær; Ger. näher.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  50. (-er, -est, also as advv. & prepp.). To, at, a short distance, in (to) proximity in space or time, far& n., everywhere; n. at hand, within easy reach, not far in the future; n. upon, not far in time from); almost, nearly, not nearly or anything like, (now usu. nearly; was n. dead with fright; lasted n. a century; so n. upon; not n. so numerous); closely (as n. as one can guess; the nearer it resembles him the less I like it); parsimoniously (lives very n.); go n. to do, come or go n. doing, nearly do &c. (Prep.) n. in space, time, condition, or resemblance, to (comes no nearer the end; lies n. his heart, affects him deeply; the time draws n. Christmas; sun is n. setting; hope came n. fulfilment; who comes nearest him in wit?). [old Norse] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  51. (often governing n. in pred. use; so also in comp. & superl.). Closely related (n. relation; is n. akin to; is n. me in blood; n. & dear), intimate (a n. friend); (of parts of animals or vehicles, or horses &c. in team) left (opp. off; the n. fore leg, wheel; the n. wheeler); close at hand, close to, in place or time (the nearest man; on a n. day; the man n. or nearest you; is nearer to, or nearer, us; n. work, that must be done with the eye close to it; the n. prospect of reward); (of road or way) direct; close, narrow, (a n. guess, resemblance, translation, race, escape); niggardly; n.-sighted, short-sighted. Hence nearish (2) a., nearness n. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  52. Draw n. (to), approach. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  53. adv. At a little distance in place or time; - almost; well-nigh; nearly. Cabinet Dictionary
  54. prep. Adjacent to; close by; not far from. Cabinet Dictionary

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