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

Definition of nearby

: close at hand

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of nearby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Residents were attracted to the condo because of its location, family nearby and convenient living. Dorothy Dworkin, sun-sentinel.com, "The best of both worlds | Opinion," 12 Sep. 2019 Gladden, who lives nearby and visits the restaurant regularly, told NBC News the dispute began after the customer asked for a free cup of water. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Popeyes manager allegedly called black customer N-word after dispute over cup of water," 12 Sep. 2019 Adams, Jacobs and Crawford County Judge Sabrina Bell, were standing near the building when an SUV parked nearby and two men left the vehicle, police said. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana judge remains suspended while Indiana high court investigates White Castle shooting," 11 Sep. 2019 The spire collapsed after a sudden gust of wind, hitting a building nearby and a telephone pole and falling over a car. Washington Post, "Typhoon kills 3 in South Korea before moving to North Korea," 9 Sep. 2019 The offender was last seen entering a dark sedan that was parked nearby and driving southbound on Elmwood Avenue. chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park police: Homeowner ‘battered’ while attempting to intervene in garage robbery," 9 Sep. 2019 The suspect, identified as Hernandez-Garcia, had fled, and officers soon found him nearby and arrested him. oregonlive, "Trespasser arrested after stabbing restaurant manager, police say," 6 Sep. 2019 With benches nearby and a variety of children's books inside the compact blue cabinet, the Little Free Library offers children the opportunity to read a book, donate a book, or even take home a book to keep. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "FBI collaboration results in Little Free Library for Middleburg Hts. police station," 31 Aug. 2019 Kevin Collopy, Santa Clara A: Chances of a spark setting a fire are low with Caltrans crews nearby and the concrete barrier in place. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "This Caltrans practice ‘seems reckless to me’: Roadshow," 29 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nearby.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nearby

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nearby

Statistics for nearby

Last Updated

19 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nearby

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nearby

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on nearby

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with nearby

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for nearby

Spanish Central: Translation of nearby

Nglish: Translation of nearby for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of nearby for Arabic Speakers

Comments on nearby

What made you want to look up nearby? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tired or exhausted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!