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  1. [adverb] 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"
    Synonyms: nigh, close

  2. [adverb] (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"
    Synonyms: about, just about, almost, most, all but, ly, nigh, virtually, well-nigh

  3. [verb] move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
    Synonyms: approach, come on, go up, draw draw close, come

  4. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: close

  5. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: nigh

  6. [adjective] closely resembling the genuine article; "near beer"; "a dress of near satin"

  7. [adjective] giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man"
    Synonyms: cheeseparing, close, penny-pinching

  8. [adjective] with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
    Synonyms: dear, good

  9. [adjective] very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"
    Synonyms: approximate


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