Meaning of “nearby” in the English Dictionary

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"nearby" in British English

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nearbyadverb, adjective

uk /ˌnɪəˈbaɪ/ us /ˌnɪrˈbaɪ/

B1 not far away:

If there's a café nearby, we could stop for a snack.
We stopped at some nearby shops to buy some food.

More examples

  • Water was pumped from a nearby lake in an attempt to damp down the flames.
  • Thousands of fish were killed as a result of a discharge of poisonous chemicals from a nearby factory.
  • The injured were taken to several nearby hospitals.
  • A passing motorist stopped and gave her a lift to the nearby town.
  • The explosion shattered nearby windows and wrecked two cars.

(Definition of “nearby” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nearby" in American English

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nearbyadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈnɪərˈbɑɪ/

not far away in distance; close:

A police officer was standing nearby.
We walked to a nearby park.

(Definition of “nearby” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)