Definition of nearby in English:

nearby

adjective

  • Not far away; close.

    ‘he slung his jacket over a nearby chair’
    • ‘Before this, the volcano last erupted in 1977, destroying a nearby village.’
    • ‘She then picked up the stub and threw it into the nearby trashcan.’
    • ‘But Mr Dodsworth claimed that nearby residents had all been in the dark.’
    • ‘However nearby residents soon started hearing strange noises coming from below the road surface.’
    • ‘Uncle Kal stuffed his equipment under a nearby bush, then crouched beside me.’
    • ‘Frustrated, she kicked a nearby trashcan until its contents spilled to the linoleum floor.’
    • ‘However, this technique currently can be applied reliably only for relatively nearby stars within our own galaxy.’
    • ‘Greenhouse gasses are released, nearby towns are polluted and an opportunity is lost.’
    • ‘He lifted the necklace over his head and threw it against a nearby tree.’
    • ‘He stumbled over to a nearby tree, about ready to pass out again.’
    • ‘On a nearby hill, she saw a large boulder that looked fairly unstable.’
    • ‘But nearby residents claim that extra traffic generated would pose a threat to safety.’
    • ‘With that, Ryre laid the shotgun on a nearby table and stepped back.’
    • ‘He believes that nearby shops may be using the banks to dump cardboard boxes.’
    • ‘When he got there they realised that three dragons were lying in nearby bush.’
    • ‘For example, he's walking and hears a rustling in a nearby bush.’
    • ‘A rustle in the nearby trees brought Calais immediately back to where she was.’
    • ‘And the copper giant has also adopted three primary health centres in nearby villages.’
    • ‘Next, she set a pencil down on top of her nearby bedside table.’
    • ‘Soldiers opened fire from an army base on a nearby hill, they said.’
    • ‘But no: the professor's grave was soon located in a nearby town.’
    not far away, not far off, close at hand, near at hand, close by, close, near, within reach, at hand, neighbouring, adjacent
    accessible, handy, convenient
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adverb

  • Close by.

    ‘his four sisters live nearby’
    • ‘So far, the news has been met with anger by people living nearby.’
    • ‘His bodyguards were nearby at the time of the murder.’
    • ‘One, who had been standing nearby, picked Melissa up in his arms.’
    • ‘We sat down at the table, with Joe lurking inconspicuously nearby.’
    • ‘A couple of horses grazed nearby, their tails swinging in time to the rhythm.’
    • ‘Then she turned, sensing someone else nearby.’
    • ‘Swimmers and strollers alike take advantage of the safe, golden beaches located conveniently nearby.’
    • ‘But after some hours had passed, she realized that she could hear a sound somewhere nearby.’
    • ‘Despite the black cloud hovering nearby there was no threat to the railway network.’
    • ‘Cally and her father followed Marx over to a black stretch limo parked nearby.’
    • ‘The buck grazing nearby looked up and bounded toward the call.’
    • ‘After calling emergency services, the couple rang Mr Singh, who lives nearby.’
    • ‘Luckily we have relations who live nearby and we were able to go and stay with them over night.’
    • ‘He scrambled up onto his feet and looked around but he couldn't see anyone else nearby.’
    • ‘Joe was lurking somewhere nearby, as he always is.’
    • ‘But, nothing was found anywhere nearby, so here I am.’
    • ‘As their buses arrive at the barracks, students notice four figures standing nearby.’
    • ‘The horses were grazing nearby, tied loosely by neck ropes.’
    • ‘Vincent shouted, sitting nearby on the floor.’
    • ‘Just as she was about to give up, she saw an alley nearby and rushed into it.’
    close by, not far away, not far off, close, close at hand, near at hand, near, a short distance away, in the neighbourhood, in the vicinity, at hand, within reach, on the doorstep
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Pronunciation:

nearby

/nɪəˈbʌɪ/