Synonyms of near in English:

near


See definition of near

adverb

1‘her children all live near’

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close by, close, nearby, close at hand, near at hand, not far away, not far off, in the neighbourhood, in the vicinity, at hand, within reach, within close range, on the doorstep, within earshot, within sight, a stone's throw away, at close quarters, alongside
informal within spitting distance, a hop, skip, and a jump away, within sniffing distance
archaic nigh
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far away

2‘near perfect conditions’

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almost, just about, nearly, practically, virtually, all but
literary well-nigh

preposition

1‘a family-run hotel near the seafront’

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close to, close by, not far from, not far away from, a short distance from, in the vicinity of, in the neighbourhood of, within reach of, a stone's throw away from, next to, adjacent to, alongside, bordering on, adjoining, abutting, contiguous with
informal within spitting distance of, a hop, skip, and a jump away from, within sniffing distance of

adjective

1‘they carried her to the nearest house’

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close, nearby, not far away, not far off, close at hand, near at hand, at hand, a stone's throw away, within reach, within range, accessible, handy, convenient, local, neighbouring, adjacent, next-door, adjoining, bordering, abutting, contiguous, proximate
informal within spitting distance
ANTONYMS

far

2‘the final judgement is near’

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imminent, forthcoming, in the offing, close at hand, near at hand, at hand, round the corner, just round the corner, approaching, impending, upcoming, coming, looming
ANTONYMS

distant, remote

3‘a near relation of hers’

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closely related, close, related, connected
ANTONYMS

distant

4‘apparently it had been a near escape’

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narrow, close, by a hair's breadth
informal by a whisker

5‘she's too near to spend that much money’

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mean, miserly, niggardly, close-fisted, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, ungenerous, penurious, illiberal, close, grasping, Scrooge-like, stinting, sparing, frugal
informal tight-fisted, stingy, tight, mingy, money-grubbing, skinflinty
North American informal cheap
vulgar slang tight-arsed
British vulgar slang tight as a duck's arse

verb

1‘by dawn the next day we were nearing Moscow’

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approach, draw near to, draw nearer to, get near to, get nearer to, get close to, get closer to, come towards, move towards, advance towards, close in on

2‘the death toll is nearing 3,000’

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verge on, border on, approach, get close to, approximate to

Phrases

    as near as dammit

    ‘that made it as near as dammit a statistical impossibility’


    SYNONYMS

    virtually, effectively, in effect, all but, more or less, practically, almost, nearly, close to, approaching, not far from, nearing, verging on, bordering on, well nigh, nigh on, just about, as good as, essentially, in essence, in practical terms, for all practical purposes, to all intents and purposes, in all but name

    roughly, approximately, not quite

    South African

    plus-minus

    informal

    pretty much, pretty nearly, pretty well

    near the knuckle

    ‘they were quite near the knuckle, but it's all in good fun’


    SYNONYMS

    risqué, racy, sexy, naughty, spicy, juicy, suggestive, ribald, indelicate, indecorous, indecent, immodest, off colour, dirty, rude, smutty, crude, bawdy, vulgar, salacious, coarse

    North American

    gamy

    informal

    raunchy, blue, close to the bone, near the bone

    British informal

    fruity, saucy

    euphemistic

    adult