Definition of Come near

1. Verb. Almost do or experience something. "She came near to screaming with fear"

2. Verb. Move towards. "Sam and Sue come near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"

Exact synonyms: Approach, Come On, Draw Close, Draw Near, Go Up, Near
Generic synonyms: Come, Come Up
Related verbs: Approach
Specialized synonyms: Drive Up, Bear Down On, Bear Down Upon, Edge In, Edge Up, Close, Crowd, Push
Entails: Advance, Go On, March On, Move On, Pass On, Progress
Derivative terms: Approach, Approach, Approachable

3. Verb. Come near in time. "Approaching old age"
Exact synonyms: Approach
Generic synonyms: Come, Come Up
Specialized synonyms: Get On
Related verbs: Approach, Come On, Draw Close, Draw Near, Go Up, Near
Derivative terms: Approach

Lexicographical Neighbors of Come Near

come from behind
come full circle
come hell or high water
come hither
come home
come home to roost
come in
come in for
come in from the cold
come in handy
come into
come into being
come into effect
come into force
come into its own
come near (current term)
come of
come of age
come off it
come on down
come on home
come on over
come online
come ons
come out
come out in
come out in the wash

Literary usage of Come near

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Englishman's Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament by George V. Wigram (1866)
"Abimelech had not come near her: Ex 14:20.the one came not near the other ... come near, put your feet upon 2Sa.20:16. come near hither, that I may speak ..."

2. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes by Robert Burton (1800)
"One amongst the rest, that durst not go to Church, or come near the Rhine, for fear to make away himself, because then he was most especially tempted. ..."

3. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"... be our masters and our tyrants, let them never come near the land of St. Domingo; if they come hither they will only meet with chains and deportation. ..."

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