near, nearly

near, nearly
Near is used as an adverb (come near me), as an adjective (the near side of the moon), as a preposition (near the house), and as a verb (the train nears the station). Nearly is an adverb only, with such meanings as "almost," "all but," "intimately," "with close agreement": "nearly sick with fear"; "a nearly perfect evening"; "nearly related persons." As an adverb, nearly is usually preferable to near except when place is involved: "I was nearly sick with a cold (not near sick)." "I was sitting near (not nearly) you." See also near, close.

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  • nearly — near, nearly Near has almost fallen out of use as an adverb meaning ‘almost’, and nearly serves this purpose: He was nearly dead with fright. Exceptions include near complete and near perfect: • Gunnell, captain of the British women s team,… …   Modern English usage

  • near — near, nearly Near has almost fallen out of use as an adverb meaning ‘almost’, and nearly serves this purpose: He was nearly dead with fright. Exceptions include near complete and near perfect: • Gunnell, captain of the British women s team,… …   Modern English usage

  • nearly — See near, nearly See nearly, almost …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • near — See near, close See near, nearly …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • nearly — near|ly [ nırli ] adverb *** 1. ) almost or near to a particular amount of time, money, people, or things: It took nearly six hours to download this software. They ve spent nearly four million dollars. Nearly 1,600 people were evacuated. nearly… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nearly — /near lee/, adv. 1. all but; almost: nearly dead with cold. 2. with close approximation: a nearly perfect likeness. 3. with close agreement or resemblance: a plan nearly like our own. 4. with close kinship, interest, or connection; intimately:… …   Universalium

  • near|ly — «NIHR lee», adverb. 1. almost: »It is nearly bedtime. I nearly missed the train. 2. closely: »a matter that concerns you very nearly. It will cost too much, as nearly as I can figure it …   Useful english dictionary

  • nearly — near|ly W1S1 [ˈnıəli US ˈnırli] adv 1.) especially BrE almost, but not quite or not completely = ↑almost ▪ It took nearly two hours to get here. ▪ Michelle s nearly twenty. ▪ Is the job nearly finished? ▪ Louise is nearly as tall as her mother. ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • near´ness — near «nihr», adverb, adjective, preposition, verb. –adv. 1. to or at a short distance; not far; close: »The holiday season is drawing near. They searched near and far. 2. close in relation; closely: »tribes near allied. 3. close to something in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nearly — Near ly, adv. In a near manner; not remotely; closely; intimately; almost; as, he nearly lost his life in the accident. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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