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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Near adv.
 1. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
    My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me.   --Milton.
 2. Nearly; almost; well-nigh. Near twenty years ago.” --Shak. Near a fortnight ago.”
    Near about the yearly value of the land.   --Locke.
 3. Closely; intimately.
 Far and near, at a distance and close by; throughout a whole region.
 To come near to, to want but little of; to approximate to. “Such a sum he found would go near to ruin him.”
 Near the wind Naut., close to the wind; closehauled.