Synonyms of near in English:


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1‘her children all live near’

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

far away

2‘near perfect conditions’

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


1‘a family-run hotel near the seafront’

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


1‘they carried her to the nearest house’

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


2‘the final judgement is near’

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

distant, remote

3‘a near relation of hers’

closely related, close, related, connected


4‘apparently it had been a near escape’

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

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

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


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

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’

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


    as near as dammit

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

    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’

    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