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  • v  move towards
    They are drawing near
    The enemy army came nearer and nearer
  • a  not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
    near neighbors
    in the near future
    they are near equals
    his nearest approach to success
    a very near thing
    a near hit by the bomb
    she was near tears
  • s  being on the left side
    the near or nigh horse is the one on the left
    the animal's left side is its near or nigh side
  • s  closely resembling the genuine article
    near beer
    a dress of near satin
  • s  giving or spending with reluctance
    very close (or near) with his money
  • s  with or in a close or intimate relationship
    my sisters and brothers are near and dear
  • s  very close in resemblance
    a near likeness
  • r  near in time or place or relationship
    as the wedding day drew near
    stood near the door
    don't shoot until they come near
    getting near to the true explanation
    her mother is always near
  • r  (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
    he nearly fainted
    I was near exhausted by the run

  • Florence had what's known as a near-death experience.
  • Don't swim near people who are fishing or spear-fishing, or near sewage outfalls.
  • Two months later, De Cruz, 28, was near death, unconscious in a hospital in Singapore.
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  • Ben Bernanke in Las Vegas Review - Journal
    After contracting sharply over the past year, economic activity appears to be leveling out, both in the United States and abroad, and the prospects for growth in the near term appear good,Bernanke said, in a speech at an economic symposium...
  • John Boehner in The Associated Press
    Unemployment is near 10 percent. The American people continue to ask, where are the jobs? But the president keeps whining and indulging in childish partisan attacks,Boehner said in a statement. "How out of touch can he get?"
  • David Plouffe in AFP
    As we near victory in one contest, the next challenge is already heating up,Plouffe said. "President (George W.) Bush and Senator McCain have begun coordinating their attacks on Barack Obama in an effort to extend their failed policies for...

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