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

Definition of nearby

: close at hand

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Second, business is flagging ever since a more corporate competitor called 7 Parks opend nearby. Peter Debruge, chicagotribune.com, "'Action Point' review: You'll only hurt yourself watching this Johnny Knoxville film," 1 June 2018 So, with manager Marty Malloy standing nearby and hitting coach Tyler Henson watching from the behind the cage, Ortiz spent one round working solely on hitting the ball the other way to right field. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies prospect Jhailyn Ortiz turns on the power after difficult start," 13 June 2018 My father, who supported my decision to cut off contact with my mother, was standing nearby. Anonymous, Good Housekeeping, "I Had to Choose Between Safety and My Mother," 21 Dec. 2018 No one is sure to this day just what triggered the Zuni, but the missile shot down the flight deck and slammed into a Skyhawk waiting to take off on the afterdeck, blasting the bomber and spewing blazing jet fuel onto other aircraft standing nearby. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "Fire on the Flight Deck," 27 Aug. 2018 Standing nearby was famed Chicago chef Rick Bayless. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe in Burbank," 9 July 2018 Garrett said Strauss had him stand nearby during one exam as Strauss fondled a patient to orgasm. Kantele Franko, Washington Post, "Ex-athletes say Ohio State doc groped, ogled men for years," 6 July 2018 Garrett said Strauss had him stand nearby during one exam as Strauss fondled a patient to orgasm. Kantele Franko, Adnrew Welsh-huggins, John Seewer, Cincinnati.com, "Ex-athletes say Ohio State doc groped, ogled men for years," 6 July 2018 Their competition, a debate team from Illinois, stood nearby, hands folded in front. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "These Overland Park debate students are the best in the country," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of nearby

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nearby was in the 15th century

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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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