near

near
\ \ [12] Historically, near is a comparative form, and its ancestor originally meant ‘nearer’.
\ \ It was borrowed from Old Norse náer, the comparative of - ‘near’, which came from the same prehistoric Germanic source as produced English nigh [OE] and next (not to mention German nahnear’). By the time it reached English it had lost its comparative force, and simply meant ‘close’ (which is also the sense of its modern Scandinavian descendants, Swedish nära and Danish nær).
\ \ Cf.NEIGHBOUR, NEXT, NIGH

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  • Near — Near, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Neared}; p. pr. & vb. n {Nearing}.] [See {Near}, adv.] To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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