adverb or adjective

near·​by nir-ˈbī How to pronounce nearby (audio)
: close at hand

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But when Glaser later looked at dashboard video from a car that happened to be nearby when the incident occurred, she was deeply shaken. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, 1 June 2023 The vehicle was then found by the Seymour Police Department a short time later at a different location and Lucas was found nearby, said Sgt. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2023 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies surrounded her apartment complex, shut down the surrounding neighborhood and even landed a helicopter nearby. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2023 Turner asks Dimoldenberg from a table nearby, before the two happily leave the restaurant together. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 26 May 2023 Special agent Michael McPherson also says authorities found personal items nearby — including a backpack and notebook — that the believe belong to Laundrie. Tamara Weitzman, Chelsea Narvaez, CBS News, 25 May 2023 Now, authorities are hoping to identify both the woman's killer and a male victim who was also found murdered nearby. Julianne Mcshane, NBC News, 25 May 2023 Police did not find any suspects nearby and no one has been arrested, the Police Bureau said in a statement Wednesday. oregonlive, 24 May 2023 Both of these scenarios would allow hot Jupiters to have smaller friend planets hanging out nearby. Briley Lewis, Popular Science, 24 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Nearby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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adverb or adjective
near·​by ni(ə)r-ˈbī How to pronounce nearby (audio)
: close at hand

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