near vs distant vs far

near

Definitions

adjective

  1. giving or spending with reluctance
  2. with or in a close or intimate relationship
  3. being on the left side
  4. very close in resemblance
  5. closely resembling the genuine article
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adverb

  1. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
  2. near in time or place or relationship

verb

  1. move towards

Examples

This came out of an investigation he was carrying out into when a ternary quartic form could be represented as the sum of five fourth powers of linear forms.

He called the foiled butt "Really juicy and nearly perfect.

If there was any hope of holding on to even a shred of her dwindling self-respect, she should do exactly what she knew Margo would do—close the laptop, take her de-scrunchied, perfumed, and nearly thonged self down to the nearest club, pick up the first passably good-looking stranger who asked her to dance, and bring him back to the apartment for some safe but anonymous sex.

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distant

Definitions

adjective

  1. far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship
  2. located far away spatially
  3. separated in space or coming from or going to a distance
  4. separate or apart in time
  5. remote in manner

Examples

Hassan in frequently going to sleep in one town, to awake in another far distant, but without the benighted Oriental's surprise at the transfer, the afrit who performed this prodigy being a steam-engine, and the magician it obeyed the human mind.

Vibrations from instruments such as the talking drum or the didgeridoo, or even from foot-stomping dances, may have spoken volumes to distant, unshod listeners.

In these two cases, the UK is exactly equidistant from the tolerance of France and the censoriousness of the US.

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