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only a short distance away from someone or something
It's a beautiful house but it's 20 miles away from the nearest town.
We can meet at the pub or in the restaurant, whichever's nearer for you.
a near disaster/collapse etc
The election was a near disaster for the Conservative party.
the nearest thing/equivalent to something
the thing you have that is most like a particular type of thing
He's the nearest thing to a father I've got.
in the near future
They promised to contact us again in the near future.
be a near thing
if something you succeed in doing is a near thing, you manage to succeed but you nearly failed
They won the championship, but it was a near thing.
used to say that you just managed to avoid a dangerous or unpleasant situation
That was a near thing - that truck was heading straight for us.
when a bomb, plane, car etc nearly hits something but does not
a near miss between two passenger aircraft over the airport
a situation in which something almost happens, or someone almost achieves something
to the nearest £10/hundred etc
an amount to the nearest £10, hundred etc is the number nearest to it that can be divided by £10, a hundred etc
Give me the car mileage to the nearest thousand.
a relative who is very closely related to you such as a parent
The death of a near relative is a terrible trauma for a child.
somebody's nearest and dearest
someone's family - used humorously
only before noun, no comparative
used to describe the side of something that is closest to where you are
the near bank of the river
used when talking about the parts of a vehicle to mean the one that is closest to the side of the road when you drive
The headlight on the near side isn't working.
; ➔ nowhere near
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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