Synonyms of near in English:

near


See definition of near

adverb

1‘her children all live near’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

far away

2‘near perfect conditions’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

closely related, close, related, connected

ANTONYMS

distant

4‘apparently it had been a near escape’

SYNONYMS

narrow, close, by a hair's breadth

informal by a whisker

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

SYNONYMS

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

British vulgar slang tight-arsed, tight as a duck's arse


verb

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

SYNONYMS

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 a bit cheeky and 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