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English Dictionary: nearer by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. (comparative of `near' or `close') within a shorter distance; "come closer, my dear!"; "they drew nearer"; "getting nearer to the true explanation"
    Synonym(s): nearer, nigher, closer
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Near \Near\, a. [Compar. {Nearer}; superl. {Nearest}.] [See
      {Near}, adv.]
      1. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote;
            close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh. [bd]As one
            near death.[b8] --Shak.
                     He served great Hector, and was ever near, Not with
                     his trumpet only, but his spear.         --Dryden.
      2. Closely connected or related.
                     She is thy father's near kinswoman.   --Lev. xviii.
      3. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or
            affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
      4. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose,
            or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
      5. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close;
            narrow; as, a near escape.
      6. Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted
            States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near
            ox; the near leg. See {Off side}, under {Off}, a.
      7. Immediate; direct; close; short. [bd]The nearest way.[b8]
      8. Close-fisted; parsimonious. [Obs. or Low, Eng.]
      Note: Near may properly be followed by to before the thing
               approached'; but more frequently to is omitted, and the
               adjective or the adverb is regarded as a preposition.
               The same is also true of the word nigh.
      Syn: Nigh; close; adjacent; proximate; contiguous; present;
               ready; intimate; dear.
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