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[adv] (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"
[adv] 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"
[adj] 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"
[adj] (comparative of `close') indicating the one of two that is the shorter distance away; "take the near street and ten turn right"
[adj] very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"
[adj] with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
[adj] giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man"
[adj] closely resembling the genuine article; "near beer"; "a dress of near satin"
[v] move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"

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Antonyms

far