near·by | \nir-ˈbī, ˈnir-ˌ\

Definition of nearby 

: close at hand

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The suspected gunman was spotted fleeing into an apartment at the complex and deputies evacuated nearby units, surrounded the area and urged other residents to shelter in place. Fox News, "80-year-old gunman kills 1, wounds 1 in California attack," 4 May 2018 According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, that’s how frequently crooks make off with vehicles whose owners left the keys inside of them or nearby. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Family tracks down car stolen with keys left inside, finds stolen goods in it," 12 July 2018 Todd/The Enquirer Trying to find things to do nearby? Rasputin Todd,, "Check out our new local events calendar at," 29 June 2018 Over the weekend, while VidCon — a massive, yearly gathering for creators and fans — unfolded in Anaheim, California, YouTuber Tana Mongeau attempted to hold her own convention nearby. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "YouTuber’s anti-VidCon convention TanaCon was such a disaster that fans are comparing it to Fyre Fest," 26 June 2018 To keep McCaffrey nearby, Breitman threw an impromptu party at his disorderly financial-district apartment after lunch. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 The standoff over the fate of the Aquarius, turned away by both Italy and nearby Malta but welcomed by Spain, has raised political tensions in Europe as the new Italian government wants neighbors to share more of the burden of migrant arrivals. Washington Post, "Migrant rescue ship standoff in Mediterranean divides Europe," 12 June 2018 The centuries-old estate had its cottages refurbished in the 1960s and installed a sewage system — so there will be no royal jaunts to the outhouse, thankfully — and there's no shortage of things to do nearby. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Apparently Leased A New Weekend Home," 31 May 2018 The city said the problem was that the center didn't have a hotel nearby, making the center less attractive to meeting planners. Ely Portillo And Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte says it needs a 1,000-room hotel to compete. But would it draw more visitors? | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of nearby

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

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