Definition of near in English:



  • 1At or to a short distance away; nearby.

    ‘a bomb exploded somewhere near’
    [comparative] ‘she took a step nearer’
    • ‘After he moved in he didn't know if he would be able to sleep with her so near and not hold her in his arms.’
    • ‘Our conductor routinely announced the names of towns as we got near and also did a reminder of how many minutes we were to spend.’
    • ‘This mystery of the incarnation involves drawing near, reducing the distance.’
    • ‘Cars from near and far converged in the night to watch the mountains glow red.’
    • ‘He scares away anyone who comes near and then feels sorry for himself when he realizes he is alone.’
    • ‘Also, periodically focus on an object that is near and then focus on one that is farther away.’
    • ‘How could she live without falling into despair with love so near and yet unattainable?’
    • ‘When I see Tom Langston again the nurse had better be near or else he might just bleed to death.’
    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
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  • 2A short time away in the future.

    ‘his retirement was drawing near’
    • ‘The more I think about it, the more I think that Eddie just panics when it gets close near the end.’
    • ‘As his appointment loomed nearer I observed that the nausea returned to a lesser degree.’
    • ‘And as that day grew nearer, each occupant of the household grew anxious.’
    • ‘You think that the end of the world is near and somehow a welding helmet will save you.’
    • ‘We were still winning and my moment of glory was drawing ever nearer.’
    • ‘Their planned rendezvous with NASA grew steadily nearer.’
    • ‘The end of Stormont certainly brought communal peace no nearer.’
  • 3[as submodifier] Almost.

    ‘a near perfect fit’
    • ‘Diabetics can easily adjust insulin to keep glucose levels within a near normal range.’
    • ‘A near hyperbolic relationship between respiration rates and meristem radii was observed.’
    • ‘The residents of the village are angry and the near total opposition to the PSNI visit shows this.’
    • ‘She'll probably end up near obsessed with the guy but eventually see sense and move onto pastures new.’
    • ‘Which was how I found myself searching the near empty parking lot for an unlocked car.’
    • ‘By that stage last December, Jonathan, was in a near vegetative state and at one point was given only days to live.’
    • ‘This is only one example in a film that contains what seems a near endless amount of engagements with the blurring between man and machine.’
    • ‘Ever wondered where you could get a near instant reply to any question.’
    • ‘A cup, near filled with ale, was beside him, as was an ewer, and I could only hope he had drunk enough.’
    • ‘The general strike resulted in the near total shutdown of the rail network and lengthy traffic jams.’
    • ‘It was a strange and eerie feeling riding through the near deserted streets of this once great city that I had read and seen so many films about.’
    • ‘Mischievously, we hatched a plan to refill our near empty glasses in the toilets, thus saving ourselves both a wait at the bar and a few quid.’
    • ‘The past few weeks have seen a near total triumph of pessimism.’
    • ‘I didn't have to hear a near constant drone about our all-powerful cricketers.’
    • ‘Just had a very pleasant half term, with a near perfect family outing to Hampton Court Palace.’
    • ‘Depending on which story you read, the deal is either done, near done or not even close to being done.’
    almost, just about, nearly, practically, virtually, all but
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  • 4dialect, archaic Nearly.

    ‘I near fell out of the chair’
    • ‘That smirk that he does damn near every class period had return, I smile cheesily back to him.’
    • ‘I near laughed as a dozen officers were suddenly in front of the team offering coffee, asking of the flight.’
    • ‘We damn near won against the most corrupt and well-oiled slime machine in history.’
    • ‘I near shrieked as he fell to the floor, a perfect, coin shaped hole, dotted between his eyebrows.’
    • ‘And in the thirties we had the Depression, when people damn near starved in both the US and the UK.’
    • ‘I damn near laughed at the pathetic expression on his face as he holds up his decapitated hand!’
    almost, just about, nearly, practically, virtually, all but
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  • 1At or to a short distance away from (a place)

    ‘the car park near the sawmill’
    ‘do you live near here?’
    [superlative] ‘the table nearest the door’
    • ‘‘It gave me a lot of joy when he came to live so near to us,’ she says.’
    • ‘Far away in the distance somewhere back near the Cork road, hooters blared angrily as road rage mounted.’
    • ‘For the moment, however, Franchitti's focus is nearer to home.’
    • ‘I live very near to two major leyline crossings.’
    • ‘But, if she gets her own premises, she wants to open it to the children around the bottom end of Ainsworth Road, near to where she lives.’
    • ‘Taking a seat nearest to the door, no one noticed me come in.’
    • ‘She can't stand the heat and would prefer to be somewhere nearer the cool British Isles.’
    • ‘On the empirical side, however, he came nearer to the truth.’
    • ‘I desperately wanted to go to St Francois Girls' College because I lived near to it and my big sister went to that school.’
    • ‘But residents of the area raised concerns at a planning meeting about security and the safety of children living near to the proposed compound.’
    • ‘Emi collected the two bags from him and set them on the floor some distance away, near to the wooden Buddha whose empty gaze made him edgy.’
    • ‘But now there was a large dark mass in the distance, and near to her Maggie could discern the current of the river.’
    • ‘Apparently, Frolls live in large meadows near to wooded areas, and they coexist with vampire albino deer.’
    • ‘Jack Aiken, who lives near to the river, has made complaints to Bury Council about the state of the area, but was told by bosses they were not responsible for the upkeep of the riverbank.’
    • ‘The move means that my parents live near to one shop, a duck pond, a dodgy bus service and lots of green, rather than close to shopping malls, suburban estates, a tube station and lots of grey.’
    • ‘Lita asked and pointed to a figure in the distance, near the exit of the park.’
    • ‘But there are other sources to consider, even nearer to home: those inside the host equipment itself.’
    • ‘Yu Zhan was probably nearest to the crash site when the accident occurred.’
    • ‘We had a home made wooden sledge and we took the crates and put it on the sledge and took them round to the houses near where we lived.’
    • ‘Residents living near to the site of the former Brandlesholme CP School have experienced problems with anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘He lived near to the University I attended so we planned that I would stop by one afternoon when I had a break at school.’
    • ‘But surely it would be easier to switch to a team nearer to home?’
    • ‘And residents living near to the Sprotbrough site have complained of tiredness which they claim is directly attributable to the site.’
    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
    within spitting distance of, a hop, skip, and a jump away from, within sniffing distance of
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  • 2A short period of time from.

    ‘near the end of the war’
    [comparative] ‘details will be given nearer the date’
    • ‘Kelly could not keep out the Redskins for much longer and Wayne Trunchion scored a fourth goal near the end of the second period.’
    • ‘Annoying for anyone that has recently paid for it, but not so bad for those of us who are near the end of our subscription period.’
    • ‘In early 1973 there were signs that this gloomy period was near its end.’
    • ‘A two minute period near the end of the game determined the destiny of the trophy.’
    • ‘Traffic interactions on a clear day were filmed for about two hours near the noon period.’
    • ‘It was near the end of the dusk period when she finally caught her first glimpse of Arianna.’
    • ‘For a brief period near the end of the half, Ireland exerted pressure.’
    • ‘Below were essay questions that were to be filled out near the end of the quarter.’
    • ‘Leimanis was brought up in Latvia near the end of a long period of Russian domination.’
    • ‘That was as good as it got for Manulla though Gary Heneghan also went close near the end.’
  • 3Close to (a state); verging on.

    ‘she gave a tiny smile, brave but near tears’
    ‘she was near to death’
    • ‘He was losing weight at a dramatic rate and many of his closest friends feared he might be near death.’
    • ‘When we were doing our first DIY, I was near to despair at the amount that had to be done.’
    • ‘The other two photographs are closer, and shows many birds dead, some near death and very few still standing.’
    • ‘The rest were alive, but affected by the low temperatures and were near dead due to freezing.’
    1. 3.1A small amount below (another amount)
      ‘temperatures near 2 million degrees’
      • ‘All of these showed saturation at PPFD levels near or below those listed in Table 1.’
      • ‘Lactic bacteria grow best in very weakly acidic solutions and at temperatures near those of the human body.’
      • ‘Consisting of near 800 Original Receipts, most of which never appeared in Print.’
      • ‘"The actual number is probably nearer to half of that, " she said.’
      • ‘The women didn't expect to raise anything near the amount they have - let alone be offered movie deals.’
      • ‘The number of nerve fibres that would need to grow from the eye to the brain in a human is roughly the same, somewhere near a million.’
      • ‘It's had a high dividend yield and has been trading near or even below its net asset value for some time.’
      • ‘Agar-agar gels are unique in withstanding temperatures near boiling point.’
      • ‘She had many different kinds of food on her plate, but no where near the amount Hildor had.’
      • ‘The temperature outside early on the first day of the PBA World was near zero degrees.’
      • ‘We here in Seattle had record temperatures,, somewhere near 100 degrees,, whew!’
      • ‘Which boils down to paying a price in euros that is quite near the original price in dollars.’
      • ‘On a busy day, Daily Kos can get near to 1 million visitors and that gives them a better reach than most local newspapers.’
      • ‘Where possible try to take landmarks that intercept at as near ninety degrees as possible.’
      • ‘No other European power came near this degree of commitment to overseas expansion and empire in the nineteenth century.’
  • 4Similar to.

    ‘a shape near to the original’
    • ‘The antiquarian revival of the later eighteenth century spawned an amazing attempt by Abraham Farley at reproducing the whole text in a form as near to the original as possible.’
    • ‘While Cuadra's comments have been translated, they are as near to the original as possible.’


  • 1Located a short distance away.

    ‘a large house in the near distance’
    [superlative] ‘I was a mile from the nearest village’
    • ‘Just to the right of the tall tree, in the near distance, there is a field of sheep.’
    • ‘Nothing can be nearer to the truth - or farther from it.’
    • ‘Gardens and trees could be seen along the railway and highway, in contrast to the vast desert in the near distance.’
    • ‘You can't lose 12 points to your nearest challengers and expect to survive.’
    • ‘The nearest neighbours are some distance away, the emergency services yet further removed.’
    • ‘The rest of it is only a few doors down our street, as he is a near neighbour of ours.’
    • ‘In the very near distance, someone sings, people cheer and utensils unremittingly hit glasses.’
    • ‘In battle, bows were good at a distance, and swords were excellent at a near range.’
    • ‘For a while, it was so quiet that everyone in the near vicinity could hear the faint wind in the distance.’
    • ‘Rudy grabbed him on the shoulder and propelled him towards the nearest fence post.’
    • ‘The ball bobbled viciously as it approached the near post, but Miller adroitly launched himself into its path.’
    • ‘Heskey got there first to send a header spinning inside the near post.’
    • ‘We had a swimming pool while our nearest rivals were still jumping in puddles.’
    • ‘IBM officials claimed this number was around four times that of its nearest rival.’
    • ‘The lads done very well to win by four points against their near neighbours.’
    • ‘When you are out in a boat you will invariably be able to chose features on the bank that you can line up with others in the near or middle distance.’
    • ‘When he'd killed, he either wasn't near enough or never saw his opponent's eyes.’
    • ‘A bar, and a liquor store were the auto shop's nearest neighbors.’
    • ‘Wales may be a near neighbour but it has traits and trends that set it well apart from Ireland and neighbouring England.’
    • ‘The visitor swore the children weren't near enough to the item to have moved it.’
    • ‘Although Earth's nearest neighbour, it could not be a more different world.’
    • ‘From his map, he knows there is an oasis somewhere in the near distance.’
    • ‘They proceed to meet each other and engage at a distance of two feet in the near position.’
    • ‘Our near neighbours came out to offer support and help while those further away came to check what was going on.’
    • ‘Once over the top the survivors had a clear view of the building in the near distance.’
    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
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  • 2Only a short time ahead.

    ‘the conflict is unlikely to be resolved in the near future’
    • ‘He said it was unlikely the decision would be reversed in the near future but could take place in the event of agreement on the talks.’
    • ‘He said he will raise the issue with the premier in the near future.’
    • ‘We look forward to having them back playing again in the near future.’
    • ‘Her energy and enthusiasm for singing tells me that we can expect good things coming from this Sister in the near future.’
    • ‘That pressure on Canadians to pay for long-term care is likely to get worse rather than better in the near future.’
    • ‘And turn off your computer, or disconnect its network cable, if you are not planning to go online in the near future.’
    • ‘Rudin says that a meeting with the judge who controls space allocation in Old City Hall is expected in the near future.’
    • ‘At a meeting of this committee recently, some proposals were made and are expected to be carried out in the near future.’
    • ‘Band launching parties are becoming popular, and a viable Mash industry is not unlikely in the near future.’
    • ‘Added to this, a further four primary schools and five secondary schools are expected to open in the near future.’
    • ‘I know my son and I know there will be many questions from him in the near future.’
    • ‘There is little hope of all these things happening in the near future.’
    • ‘So I guess I'll not be moving any time in the near future after all.’
    • ‘The contract for the upkeep of the scheme has been awarded in recent weeks and it is hoped that work will commence in the near future.’
    • ‘However, he insisted the EGM would be going ahead in the near future.’
    • ‘In the long term, in the near mid-term, I believe that we are going to have a decrease.’
    • ‘A major clean up of Coulter cemetery will take place in the near future.’
    • ‘We are going ahead with that and there will be reserves in the near future.’
    • ‘The arrival would coincide with the near completion of the village's new Catholic Church.’
    • ‘The Professor threatens to post again on this topic in the near future.’
    imminent, forthcoming, in the offing, close at hand, near at hand, at hand, approaching, impending, upcoming, coming, looming
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  • 3Similar.

    [superlative] ‘walking in these shoes is the nearest thing to floating on air’
    1. 3.1[attributive]Close to being (the thing mentioned)
      ‘his state of near despair’
      ‘a near disaster’
      • ‘Despite my near despair, I was in my usual seat yesterday afternoon.’
      • ‘It took as its theme the near destruction by German bombers of the small Basque town of Guernica.’
      • ‘At the time, no other lender charged anything near that much for closing a mortgage account.’
      • ‘We'll tell you about a near hit that could have been deadly when we come back.’
      • ‘A family connection is a near guarantee of winning public office - though not always and not to a top post.’
      • ‘The near failure of the monsoon has affected agricultural operations in 11 States.’
      • ‘In today's physical fitness conscious world, yoga is popular enough to assume a near cult status.’
      • ‘As the train came to a near stand still, passengers say they heard loud bangs coming from underneath the train.’
      • ‘One is tough enough to overcome, but both is a near impossibility.’
      • ‘It's always a cheap, black pair of shoes, they always last for about two years, they're always replaced by a near replica.’
      • ‘The county council says the lollipop lady had two near misses in 48 hours.’
      • ‘Durrant leaned in close to his newest acquaintance and spoke in a near whisper.’
      • ‘The near defeat of the ruling party in the subsequent general election simply intensified their alarm.’
      • ‘A bullock cart, the cause of the near disaster, materialized from the flurry.’
      • ‘The town grieved endlessly, and could scarcely accept the near absence of children.’
      • ‘This is an experimental work devoted to linking words through sound, to the near exclusion of semantics.’
      • ‘It was reported that the hospitals refused to treat the injured until deposits were paid, causing a near riot.’
      • ‘For Roger Barker it was a near miss he said he would never forget.’
      • ‘It is a near miracle that the films are as good as they are, rivaling the books for sheer absorptive magic.’
      • ‘A near record start of 21 yachts started on a lovely sunny afternoon for Monday's race with a good southerly wind.’
      narrow, close, by a hair's breadth
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    2. 3.2[attributive]Having a close family connection.
      ‘the loss of a child or other near relative’
      • ‘In particular it provides for the election of our near cousins - the local body politicians.’
      • ‘Many a times, even the near relatives do not reveal the information about the boy's family.’
      • ‘He went a few nights after with his sister to the assembly of a near relation.’
      • ‘Other fossil animals may be assignable to the Vetulicolia or their near relatives.’
      • ‘So what if the near and dear ones are not able to attend the marriage?’
      • ‘A near relative is the larger and better-known Chinese water chestnut.’
      closely related, close, related, connected
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  • 4[attributive] Located on the nearside of a vehicle.

    ‘the near right-hand end window of the caravan’
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  • 5archaic (of a person) mean; miserly.

    mean, miserly, niggardly, close-fisted, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, ungenerous, penurious, illiberal, close, grasping, scrooge-like, stinting, sparing, frugal
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  • Come near to; approach.

    ‘soon the cab would be nearing Oxford Street’
    [no object] ‘lunchtime neared’
    • ‘After three years of proposals and modifications they are finally nearing the planning application stage.’
    • ‘Then, I saw a figure shifting in the distance, slowly nearing.’
    • ‘It was nearing lunchtime when they finally arrived at the palace gates.’
    • ‘Construction has been ongoing over the past few months and is now nearing completion.’
    • ‘He himself was then nearing retirement, though he looked remarkably young and alert.’
    • ‘As this century nears the end, we know that our priorities aren't quite right.’
    • ‘Many teachers are nearing retirement with more than half being age 40 or older.’
    • ‘They walked like that until mid-morning, when Margaret finally neared the edge of the forest.’
    • ‘The final phase of the restoration project is currently nearing completion.’
    • ‘Residents fighting the decision to redevelop green belt land are fearing the worst as the Government nears a final decision.’
    • ‘Ali is first seen in Lawrence as a tiny dot on a desert horizon that shimmers in the heat; he gradually becomes more distinct as he nears the camera.’
    • ‘Like little fireflies these lights danced in the dark, nearing ever closer.’
    • ‘We are currently nearing the end of Phase 1 of a two-phase program.’
    • ‘As the election nears, a fair assessment is that the economy is actually doing well.’
    • ‘Rehearsals began in earnest in August and the first act is now nearing completion.’
    • ‘The rumor mill is going at top speed as the March 11 trading deadline nears.’
    • ‘When I heard footsteps nearing the door, I quickly pretended to be asleep again.’
    • ‘The day of the amateur at the top table of Irish football is nearing extinction.’
    • ‘Both projects were nearing the finish, but Franklin was pipped at the post.’
    • ‘The spring is here, and elections are nearing - the season of hopes has begun.’
    • ‘Scientists have said cod in particular is nearing extinction and called for a total moratorium.’
    • ‘And since the re-opening of the pool in June visits are already nearing record levels.’
    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
    verge on, border on, approach, get close to, approximate to
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  • as near as

    • As accurately as.

      ‘as near as can be determined, less than 10 per cent require aid’
      ‘as near as I can tell, privatization doesn't seem to make sense on any level’
      • ‘As near as I can calculate the family must have traveled about 1250 miles.’
      • ‘As near as I can tell from the construction, the employers are getting the quality of work they are paying for.’
      • ‘As near as he could figure, it was built with running water but no toilet.’
      • ‘As near as he can make out this child must now be thirty-four or thirty-five years of age.’
      • ‘At about eight or nine o'clock, as near as I could judge by the altitude of the sun, the wind rose suddenly and canted our barge on one side.’
  • near at hand

    • Close in distance or time.

      ‘help was near at hand’
      • ‘Michael was very popular in Bohola and had a witty word always near at hand.’
      • ‘These urban dwellers wanted their recreational sites near at hand.’
      • ‘I thought of her as I wrote it, enjoyed imagining her having it always near at hand, lying on the wicker stool by her armchair at home.’
      • ‘In whatever vehicle he was driving, a double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun resided somewhere near at hand.’
      • ‘‘Use materials from near at hand,’ advises Massachusetts builder John Abrams.’
      • ‘They do need the comfort of having their relatives and friends near at hand and the knowledge that they are in the capable hands of a dedicated and caring staff of doctors and nurses.’
      • ‘The two were seated around Mia's desk, cups of cocoa near at hand.’
      • ‘When somebody in your family falls ill - whether you are in Orkney or Greenock - you want a health professional near at hand.’
      • ‘Since these came from islands where the sea is always near at hand, they took root most easily in the coastal strips.’
      • ‘That rifle had been near at hand for so long it had almost seemed a part of me.’
      • ‘Addicts need to go through rehab and detox near their families, or have those facilities near at hand.’
      • ‘Although she would not look at him, she was always near at hand, so close that he felt he could feel the quickened beating of her heart.’
      • ‘We had a nice feeling of security to have our own troops so near at hand in this obviously hostile environment and we waved to them happily, but they were sunk in gloom and couldn't raise many smiles.’
      • ‘He turned, smashing his fist into one of the statues that were near at hand, causing it to explode violently.’
      • ‘Lorna set the knives near at hand, then stood ready with a lamp.’
      • ‘Penny now had playmates near at hand and there was always someone for me to talk to.’
      • ‘Her voice was a grand thing near at hand, but Elary couldn't help noticing that it died away quickly against the high ceiling of the cavern.’
      • ‘And it lists all the towns and cities which it claims are near at hand.’
      • ‘When they were all finally seated around the tables, drinks near at hand, Jerusha started the conversation.’
      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
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  • near enough

    • Sufficiently close to being the case for all practical purposes.

      ‘this price was near enough the going rate for rent’
      • ‘Not that we have many heroes to fall, but if they've got hubris they must think they're heroes, so near enough is good enough.’
      • ‘‘Hayley is a perfectionist and near enough is never good enough for her,’ she said.’
      • ‘In fact there's only half a mile or so to go, I can see the lights of the houses, but near enough is good enough, it will have to be.’
      • ‘Bonds were reasonably active, but closed unchanged (or near enough as makes no odds).’
      • ‘That's near enough 10p each and a third of the price of a single pelleted seed.’
      • ‘Despite spending near enough the entire time at the sailing club, I somehow contrived to only sail once.’
      • ‘The entire pub near enough joined the conga line up and down the street…’
      • ‘I don't have any idea how many wickets he has taken for Netherfield, but he must be near enough top of the pile.’
      • ‘That's a hundred thousand pounds, near enough.’
      • ‘Today was a nightmare. Seriously, I've been in every clothes shop in the city centre near enough.’
  • one's nearest and dearest

    • One's close friends and relatives.

      • ‘People I never would have met were it not for this little old weblog have become my nearest and dearest friends.’
      • ‘A frame of mind such as this may incline you to greater intimacy with your nearest and dearest.’
      • ‘We all need our confidence building every now and again and it is a sure bet that your nearest and dearest would appreciate a little confidence boost right now.’
      • ‘So we should not expect anything from anyone, not even our nearest and dearest.’
      • ‘My birthday was really two weeks ago when my nearest and dearest friends took me out to dinner at Zin and prayed amazing things over me.’
      • ‘Working in the same field as your nearest and dearest can be tricky.’
      • ‘You never know, your nearest and dearest might even prefer pizza.’
      • ‘Hundreds of runners had tributes pinned to their shirts with photographs and names of their nearest and dearest who had lost their lives to cancer.’
      • ‘For example, you have a ferocious argument with your nearest and dearest.’
      • ‘There are now only 70 shopping days to Christmas and this is really the time to start thinking about what to buy your nearest and dearest.’
      • ‘Just invite some of your nearest and dearest over to your house or organise a coffee morning in your office!’
      • ‘After completing the course, students are not qualified to practice on the public but they do have sufficient skills to lay their hands on their nearest and dearest.’
  • so near and yet so far

    • A rueful comment on a narrow failure to achieve an aim.

      • ‘Saturday morning came with a sense of apprehension and excitement with the thought that I was so near and yet so far from reaching Mecca, so to speak.’
      • ‘For Sorenstam, the 1995 and 1996 champion, it was another case of so near and yet so far in her try for a third US Open.’
      • ‘We were so near and yet so far from getting into the Champions League final.’
      • ‘They could not bear another case of so near and yet so far.’
      • ‘It was a case of so near and yet so far for Frances Kennedy from Listowel who just missed out on the honours in the recitation.’
      • ‘‘It is so near and yet so far,’ he says wistfully.’
      • ‘‘Looking back for me it was so near and yet so far,’ says Hastings of what was a difficult tour, the honour of leading the Lions tempered by ultimate defeat.’
      • ‘To come so near and yet so far is a massive disappointment.’
  • to the nearest ——

    • With the degree of precision indicated.

      ‘its length was measured to the nearest millimetre’
      • ‘Yield grades are calculated to the nearest one-hundredth of a grade.’
      • ‘Body mass was measured to the nearest 0.1 g.’
      • ‘Wing-length was measured to the nearest 0.5 mm using a wing rule.’
      • ‘We found that log keepers had a tendency to round values upward to the nearest 10.’
      • ‘Utility bills of participating customers are rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the excess going to fund various community and charitable initiatives.’


Middle English: from Old Norse nær nearer, comparative of ná, corresponding to Old English nēah ‘nigh’.