adverb or adjective
near·​by | \ nir-ˈbī How to pronounce nearby (audio) , ˈnir-ˌ \

Definition of nearby

: close at hand

Examples of nearby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So when Brasserie Rosie opened a few months before the pandemic on busy rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine near Place de la Bastille, those of us who live nearby were trés contente. Sara Lieberman, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2021 Some of the players who live nearby will go home for Thanksgiving dinner. Mike Rodak |, al, 24 Nov. 2021 In the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2021 With only two days to prepare for the baby's arrival, Pete's mother, father and sister, who live nearby in New Jersey, bought every possible supply for a five-month-old. Diane Herbst,, 18 Nov. 2021 Virtual social events cast a wider net of opportunities to interact with employees who don’t live nearby. Bill Johnston, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Workers within these facilities are likely exposed to higher concentrations of toxic chemicals than residents who live nearby. Maya Miller, ProPublica, 2 Nov. 2021 Students, who all live nearby with relatives or family members, are also provided uniforms, books, meals and health services. CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 But Lake Kivu, located near Bukavu and Goma in the DRC and Gisenyi in Rwanda, is more troublesome—especially because millions of people live nearby. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of nearby

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nearby

: not far away : located at a short distance from someone or something


adverb or adjective
near·​by | \ nir-ˈbī How to pronounce nearby (audio) \

Kids Definition of nearby

: close at hand Bandages are kept nearby. a nearby park

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