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[neer-bahy] /ˈnɪərˈbaɪ/
close at hand; not far off; adjacent; neighboring:
a nearby village.
in the neighborhood or vicinity; close by:
She works nearby.
Origin of nearby
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see near, by Unabridged
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  • If you are interested in participating in scientific research, reach out to people nearby and see if you can help.
  • Our faculty and staff shop nearby and pay income, property, and sales taxes.
  • Many of the courses are similar to those one might take at the nearby robotics company's training facilities.
  • He lives in a nearby town and is present at environmental and political action gatherings.
  • At full size, all but a few squeeze through holes in the caterpillar's skin and spin a cocoon on a nearby twig or leaf.
  • Her partner fluttered in and landed on a nearby branch.
  • Suddenly, a paint-splattered worker picking at a nearby wall shouts, waves his steel trowel and points.
  • Next she phoned a nearby wave pool, where people go to play in simulated waves.
  • Breezes set halyards from the nearby marina clanking against metal masts.
  • She was an artist and had a studio nearby, and she had gone out for her usual lunchtime walk.
British Dictionary definitions for nearby


adjective (ˈnɪəˌbaɪ)
not far away; close at hand
adverb (ˌnɪəˈbaɪ)
close by
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Word Origin and History for nearby

"close at hand," late 14c. (one-word form from 15c.), from near + by.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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