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  1. in the neighborhood or vicinity; close by: She works nearby.

Origin of nearby

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at near, by1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective (ˈnɪəˌbaɪ)
  1. not far away; close at hand
adverb (ˌnɪəˈbaɪ)
  1. 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.

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