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

Definition of nearby

: close at hand

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The two start giggling; even Q, a family friend sitting nearby, sentinel-like, chuckles knowingly. Chloe Malle, Town & Country, "Yara Shahidi Has a Simple Goal: Empower a Generation of Activists," 8 May 2019 Alison and Mona seem to live near or on campus, meaning that other faculty and staff might also live nearby. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Beacon Heights University on "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists"," 21 Mar. 2019 The scene was quintessential Los Angeles; pop star Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel sat nearby. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Inside the Rams’ Historic Decision to Hire a 30-Year-Old Head Coach," 28 Jan. 2019 His colleagues sat on the ground nearby, eating sandwiches and waiting for their next assignment. Ryan Lillis, The Seattle Times, "‘The height of character’: Volunteers set aside sorrow, exhaustion to search for Camp Fire victims," 20 Nov. 2018 The 20-millimeter cannon rounds struck another F-16AM sitting nearby that was fueled up and prepared for flight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Belgian F-16 Accidentally Fires Gatling Gun, Destroys Another F-16 on the Ground," 15 Oct. 2018 The private master suite has its own spa bath, and a sleek kitchen with marble countertops and a breakfast nook sits nearby. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Moby’s midcentury gem outside NYC hits the market for $1.3M," 24 July 2018 Tiziana Manuale, who managed the center, sat nearby. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "This Italian Town Once Welcomed Migrants. Now, It’s a Symbol for Right-Wing Politics," 7 July 2018 Several old phonographs are on display in the front window and a jukebox sits nearby. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Vinyl lovers are making their way to newly opened Audiophil's Records in Joliet," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of nearby

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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nearby

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nearby

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