adverb or adjective

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

Examples of nearby in a Sentence

grabbed the nearby quilt and gently laid it over the sleeping child I'll be nearby if you need anything
Recent Examples on the Web But prosecutors and weapons experts counter that the first rule of gun use is not pointing it at someone and not pulling the trigger, particularly when someone is standing nearby. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2024 In 1994, Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary kept things casual catching the fireworks from the White House roof, while seated in foldable card chairs, as their then-teenage daughter Chelsea sat on the ground nearby. Rosemary Feitelberg, WWD, 4 July 2024 Very humid, though. 🌸 Follow D.C. region From earlier... Listen for thunder and be flexible in your plans, and have indoor shelter options nearby from now into tonight. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 4 July 2024 Light one firework at a time and have a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of an emergency. Chyna Blackmon, Charlotte Observer, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for nearby 

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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 20 Jul. 2024.

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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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