near·​by | \nir-ˈbī, ˈnir-ˌ\

Definition of nearby 

: close at hand

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Noor’s madrassa was shut down, so Mr. Ahmed rallied parents to start a makeshift one nearby. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 Why Go NowWhile nearby Sapa is overrun, Hà Giang province is even more beautiful, and its H’mong and Tay communities show a different side of Vietnam. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 The risks or bad air quality persist around the clock, though, Welle explains, because squads will usually set up base camp nearby—far enough from the fire to be safe, but close enough to bus or truck firefighters in and out. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The Dangerous Health Risks That Could Follow the California Wildfires," 16 Nov. 2018 The concept is simple: if there’s an abnormally high amount of people using the app in one specific area, Tinder will tell people who are nearby. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Tinder introduces Swipe Surge to alert users of high activity nearby," 15 Nov. 2018 Authorities have previously noted that the bodies of the women were found stabbed to death under a tarp, with a knife buried nearby. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Amazon must give up Echo recordings in double murder case, judge rules," 10 Nov. 2018 In 2017, paleontologists found another penguin nearby that was about as old. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 The 22-story Frost Tower, a Weston Urban project that opens next summer, is nearby. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 Dilton and Ben’s lips were blue when Jughead found them, and there were chalices nearby, suggesting that both had drunk the Fresh-Aid. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What The Hell Is Going on With the Cult on Riverdale?," 18 Oct. 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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English Language Learners Definition of nearby

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

near·​by | \nir-ˈbī \

Kids Definition of nearby

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

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