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

Definition of nearby

: close at hand

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The man, who has not been identified, ran into a nearby neighborhood when the delivery driver spotted a patrol car nearby and called for police. Hannah Fry,, "Robber who pistol-whipped pizza delivery driver taken into custody after 11-hour standoff," 10 July 2019 The vacant pizza restaurant where the explosion occurred was completely destroyed and an LA Fitness nearby sustained heavy damage caused by the blast, with debris and glass filling the nearby parking lot. Fox News, "At least 21 injured after gas explosion at vacant pizza restaurant in Florida shopping center," 6 July 2019 But about a month ago, a nearby open well dried up. Anchorage Daily News, "As a major Indian city runs out of water, 9 million people pray for rain," 2 July 2019 Her family had inquired about availability at a nearby complex called Garfield Park Apartments, but Richard Parient, a property manager there, steered them toward another house. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'They’re just patching it up': Tenants lack electricity, water in homes Joe Hogsett calls 'transformed'," 1 July 2019 The devices will need to make some noise when the vehicle is reversing or travelling below 12mph—these are the circumstances where pedestrians tend to be nearby. David Meyer, Fortune, "What Trump and Xi’s Agreement Means: CEO Daily," 1 July 2019 Many in the area also remember the nearby 49er Fire in 1988. Kurtis Alexander,, "Fearful of being the next Paradise, Grass Valley confronts its fire vulnerability," 30 June 2019 For the president’s critics, the Baby Trump blimp will be nearby. Hal Boedeker,, "July 4th: Trump, Stamos, Hough headline specials," 28 June 2019 There were few nearby Bangladeshi immigrants, and his friends came from across New York’s complex ethnic mix. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "Conservative Iconoclast Reihan Salam Takes the Helm," 20 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce nearby (audio) \

Kids Definition of nearby

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

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