adv closely; intimately.
2. near ·adj close-fisted; parsimonious.
3. near ·adv nearly; almost; well-nigh.
4. near ·adv closely connected or related.
5. near ·adj immediate; direct; close; short.
6. near ·vi to draw near; to approach.
7. near ·adv at a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
8. near ·adv so as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape.
9. near ·adv to approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.
10. near ·adv not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh.
11. near ·adv close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
12. near ·prep adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. ·see the note under near, ·adj.
13. near ·adv close to one's interests, affection, ·etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
14. near ·adv 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, ·adj.