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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
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at near, by1 Unabridged
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  • nearby, in a hall with crimson hangings, there was music and dancing.

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  • nearby and in the distance prairie-chickens are calling, lonely, uncertain.

  • Before entering he went to a nearby restaurant to get a bite to eat.

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  • A man turned from where he had been leaning against a nearby wheel control.

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  • We reached the Grand Central station on time and went to a nearby hotel.

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British Dictionary definitions for nearby


adjective (ˈnɪəˌbaɪ)
not far away; close at hand
adverb (ˌnɪəˈbaɪ)
close by
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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