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short distance away
only a short distance from a person or thing
They live near London.
I'm sure they live
They moved house to be nearer the school.
especially British English
a hotel near to the beach
She told the children not to
I'm warning you - don't
come any nearer
We heard voices as we
short time before
soon before a particular time or event
I didn't remember to phone until near the end of the week.
especially British English
I'll give you a ring a bit nearer to Christmas.
They should send us more details
nearer the time
of the concert.
almost doing something
almost doing something or almost in a particular state
The work is now near completion.
A lot of the women were
an agreement than we were six months ago.
He was near to panic as he scrambled out of the building.
She was near to crying.
He seemed to know that he was near to death.
amount or level
almost at a particular amount or level
Inflation is now near 10%.
He looked nearer fifty than forty.
Unemployment is now near to its all-time low.
Strawberries are near the top of the list.
if something is near something else, it is similar to it
His story was
the truth for people to believe it.
They say that love is very near to hate.
It may not be an exact replica but it's pretty damn near.
near perfect/impossible etc
almost perfect, impossible etc
a near impossible task
if an event is drawing near, it is nearly time for it to happen
The day of his interview was drawing near.
(as) near as damn it
used to say that something is very nearly true or correct
The repairs will cost us £1000, as near as damn it.
used to say that something is nearly true or correct
It's eleven o'clock, near enough.
All three car parks were full, near enough.
nowhere near/not anywhere near
used before an adjective or adverb to say that something is definitely not true
That's nowhere near enough money!
The job wasn't anywhere near finished.
not come near somebody/something
if one person or thing does not come near another one, it is not at all as good as the other one
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somebody will not go near somebody/something
if someone will not go near a person or thing, they dislike or are frightened of them and will not speak to the person or use the thing
He refused to go near a doctor.
He made up his mind never to go near a motorcycle again.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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