neighbor

noun
neigh·​bor | \ˈnā-bər \

Definition of neighbor 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one living or located near another had lunch with her next-door neighbor

2 : fellow man thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself — Matthew 19:19 (King James Version)

neighbor

adjective

Definition of neighbor (Entry 2 of 3)

: being immediately adjoining or relatively near

neighbor

verb
neighbored; neighboring\ ˈnā-​b(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of neighbor (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to adjoin immediately or lie relatively near to

intransitive verb

1 : to live or be located as a neighbor

2 : to associate in a neighborly way

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Examples of neighbor in a Sentence

Noun

We invited our friends and neighbors. Canada is a neighbor of the U.S. Venus is Earth's nearest neighbor.

Verb

the baseball field neighbors a parking lot
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its neighbors – Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Bosnia and Herzegovina – are patiently waiting in line to join the bloc while steadily improving their democracies and economies. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 Dear Cathy, My neighbors are suing me for calling 311 several times about their dog being out in the heat. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "When to walk your dog to avoid the heat," 13 July 2018 The deal to end the name dispute foresees Macedonia renamed North Macedonia in exchange for Greece dropping objections to its northern neighbor joining NATO and the European Union. Costas Kantouris And Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Greece expels Russian diplomats over alleged protest money," 13 July 2018 The seniors gave him — as his childhood neighbors once did — a sense of purpose. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018 On April 4, Janet Tinsely joined investigators and her neighbors for a memorial celebration honoring her daughter, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reported. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana child killer who taunted police featured on Investigation Discovery," 13 July 2018 His neighbors sit in the back with their walkers and collapsible grocery carts. City Bureau, Chicago Reader, "These candid photos capture how seniors are growing communities—while growing older—on the south side," 12 July 2018 All that has made for some parking frustrations, but a free parking garage just opened, within walking distance of ChopShop and its closest neighbors. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Talking shop — Roanoke ChopShop Live, that is — with Randy Rogers," 11 July 2018 While Randazzo and his neighbors have been pursuing the situation since 2015, Ald. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "City looks to fix long-time flooding issue in Aurora neighborhood," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The crisis ended in a compromise, with Ms. Merkel agreeing to tighten her once liberal refugee policy on the condition that no migrant would be turned back without the agreement of neighboring European countries. Andrea Thomas, WSJ, "Germany’s Interior Minister Unveils ‘Master Plan’ to Cut Immigration," 10 July 2018 Just as worrisome, neighboring countries have begun to play more active and, for the Americans, destructive roles. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "On Brief Visit, Pompeo Says U.S. Is Afghanistan’s ‘Enduring Partner’," 9 July 2018 Cooks from neighboring restaurants stop by for a 10 p.m. bite. Maggie Hoffman, SFChronicle.com, "Meet School Night, Dogpatch’s weeknight-only bar," 13 June 2018 So too, Takahara claims, are the corporations and governments that destabilize neighboring countries for political leverage and to keep the price of munitions high. Paula L. Woods, latimes.com, "Can exploring the dark side in fiction go too far? Fuminori Nakamura's 'Cult X' presses the question," 25 May 2018 The crisis is forcing millions of people to flee the country, often to neighboring Colombia, to escape hunger and get their hands on any currency other than the bolivar. Author: Jim Wyss, Anchorage Daily News, "Venezuela’s currency is worth so little that artisans make purses out of it," 24 June 2018 The crisis is forcing millions of people to flee the country, often to neighboring Colombia, in order to escape hunger and get their hands on any currency other than the bolivar. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Venezuela's currency is worth so little that artisans are making purses out it," 20 June 2018 Heller also needs Republican voters' support to fend off primary challenger Danny Tarkanian, and could be angling for votes by proposing a solidly conservative justice from a neighboring state to take Kennedy's seat. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Could this be Anthony Kennedy’s last stand on the Supreme Court?," 9 Mar. 2018 With the goal of eliminating confusion among motorists traveling from neighboring Orange County, Seminole officials recently changed the names of two major roadways. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seminole changes names of two major roads to avoid confusion," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of neighbor

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1530, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for neighbor

Noun

Middle English, from Old English nēahgebūr (akin to Old High German nāhgibūr); akin to Old English nēah near and Old English gebūr dweller — more at nigh, boor

Adjective

see neighbor entry 1

Verb

see neighbor entry 1

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More Definitions for neighbor

neighbor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of neighbor

: a person who lives next to or near another person

: a person or thing that is next to or near another

neighbor

noun
neigh·​bor | \ˈnā-bər \

Kids Definition of neighbor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person living near another

2 : a person, animal, or thing located near some other person, animal, or thing The house's nearest neighbor is a church.

neighbor

verb
neighbored; neighboring

Kids Definition of neighbor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be near or next to

Other Words from neighbor

neighboring adjective

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