nearby

adverb or adjective near·by \ nir-ˈbī , ˈnir-ˌ \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of nearby

: close at hand

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First Known Use of nearby

15th century

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NEARBY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of nearby for English Language Learners

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


NEARBY Defined for Kids

nearby

adverb or adjective near·by \ nir-ˈbī \

Definition of nearby for Students

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


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