Definition of nearby in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnirbī/
Close at hand; not far away: he slung his jacket over a nearby chair
More example sentences
  • But Mr Dodsworth claimed that nearby residents had all been in the dark.
  • He believes that nearby shops may be using the banks to dump cardboard boxes.
  • And the copper giant has also adopted three primary health centres in nearby villages.
not far away/off, close/near at hand, close by, close, near, within reach, at hand, neighboring;
accessible, handy, convenient


Pronunciation: /nirˈbī/
(British also near by)
Close by; very near: his four sisters live nearby
More example sentences
  • Luckily we have relations who live nearby and we were able to go and stay with them over night.
  • Joe was lurking somewhere nearby, as he always is.
  • But after some hours had passed, she realized that she could hear a sound somewhere nearby.
close by, close/near at hand, near, close, a short distance away, in the neighborhood, in the vicinity, at hand, within reach, on the doorstep, (just) around the corner

Words that rhyme with nearby

ally, Altai, apply, assai, awry, ay, aye, Baha'i, belie, bi, Bligh, buy, by, bye, bye-bye, chi, Chiangmai, Ciskei, comply, cry, Cy, Dai, defy, deny, Di, die, do-or-die, dry, Dubai, dye, espy, eye, fie, fly, forbye, fry, Frye, goodbye (US goodby), guy, hereby, hi, hie, high, I, imply, I-spy, July, kai, lie, lye, Mackay, misapply, my, nigh, Nye, outfly, passer-by, phi, pi, pie, ply, pry, psi, Qinghai, rai, rely, rocaille, rye, scry, serai, shanghai, shy, sigh, sky, Skye, sky-high, sly, spin-dry, spry, spy, sty, Sukhotai, supply, Tai, Thai, thereby, thigh, thy, tie, Transkei, try, tumble-dry, underlie, Versailles, Vi, vie, whereby, why, wry, Wye, xi, Xingtai, Yantai

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Syllabification: near·by

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