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

Definition of nearby

: close at hand

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Examples of nearby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Standing nearby was Chris Van Alstyne, the technical director for the Koch Theatre, who was acting as the COVID compliance officer. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "How New York City Ballet Took On the Pandemic," 29 Oct. 2020 Standing nearby, three fellow officers did nothing to stop Chauvin. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Irving police will be trained to intervene if they see misconduct by fellow officers," 6 Oct. 2020 Standing nearby, Gabriela’s sister-in-law, Miriam, interrupted to add that the story was actually bigger than just that: Gabriela’s husband was a chef at a restaurant in Manhattan who was laid off in March. Luis Feliz Leon, The New Republic, "Immigrant Street Vendors Are Feeding Others to Feed Themselves During the Pandemic," 23 Sep. 2020 Standing nearby as the mayor spoke, Palmer said the police reforms were not enough. The Salt Lake Tribune, "City to pay $12M to Breonna Taylor’s family, reform police," 15 Sep. 2020 The suspects then hopped back into the car and crashed into the back of a police Suburban, Wareheim said, then veered toward the detective standing nearby. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Baltimore County officers fire shots toward robbery suspects in downtown Baltimore," 15 Sep. 2020 Standing nearby as the mayor spoke, Palmer said the police reforms were not enough. Dylan Lovan, Star Tribune, "'Say her name': City to pay $12M to Breonna Taylor's family," 15 Sep. 2020 Aurora firefighters were called to a warehouse around 10:45 a.m. on the 900 block of Bilter Road after a stack of 20 pallets fell on three employees standing nearby, Aurora Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Rhodes said. Megan Jones,, "Three Aurora warehouse employees taken to hospital after stack of pallets falls," 9 Sep. 2020 As schools reopen, many parents still can’t find one nearby, impeding the fight against the pandemic. Michael Gold, New York Times, "First Pandemic, Now Ransomware: Attack Forces Hartford to Postpone School," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of nearby

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Nov 2020

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“Nearby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce nearby (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of nearby

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


adverb or adjective
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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