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Near. In close proximity to something or someone. A: "Where are Mark and Derek staying?" B: "I think they're close by. Maybe a block or two away, actually." Even though he likes to toddle off, I try to keep little Billy close by at all times.
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close ˈby (somebody/something)at a short distance (from somebody/something): Our friends live close by. ♢ The route passes close by the town.
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