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

Definition of nearby

: close at hand

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Residents were attracted to the condo because of its location, family nearby and convenient living. Dorothy Dworkin,, "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., "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,, "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

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First Known Use of nearby

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce nearby (audio) \

Kids Definition of nearby

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

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