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Etymology

Middle English from Old Norse nær

Adjective

near (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
near

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) physically close.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) approaching
    The end is near.

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Adverb

near (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
near

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. Having a small intervening distance with regard to something.
    I'm near sighted.
  2. (colloquial) nearly
    • 1666 Samuel Pepys Diary and Correspondence (1867)
      ...he hears for certain that the Queen-Mother is about and hath near finished a peace with France....
    • 1825 David Hume, Tobias George Smollett The History of England p. 263
      Sir John Friend had very near completed a regiment of horse.
    • 2003 Owen Parry Honor's Kingdom p. 365
      Thinking about those pounds and pence, I near forgot my wound.
    • 2004 Jimmy Buffett A Salty Piece of Land p. 315, p. 35
      "I damn near forgot." He pulled an envelope from his jacket.
    • 2006 Juliet Marillier The Dark Mirror p. 377
      The fire was almost dead, the chamber near dark.

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Preposition

near

  1. close to, in close proximity to.
    We sat near the front.
  2. imminent, close to in time.
    The voyage was near completion.

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Verb

Infinitive
to near

Third person singular
nears

Simple past
neared

Past participle
-

Present participle
nearing

to near (third-person singular simple present nears, present participle nearing, simple past and past participle neared)
  1. To decrease the distance to something.

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