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

When Napasorn Taturkarn’s phone rang, the mayor of Baan Moo 9 was with a group of neighbors. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 So having open dialogue with them, understanding what their concerns and issues are, trying to be a good neighbor — which Formula E has at its heart. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 things to know about Formula E's championship race in New York," 13 July 2018 According to the teenager, Perez involved him in two drive-by shootings that targeted a neighbor. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Teen accomplice details how Victoria mosque went up in flames," 12 July 2018 Some of our neighbors had their apartments destroyed, others are still looking for their families. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Many out of power, water in flood-hit Japan; over 150 dead," 10 July 2018 Like the opposite of the tyranny so many of our neighbors fled Cuba to escape? Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Let voters decide! Why Beckham group's soccer stadium plan deserves to be on ballot," 9 July 2018 Unlike many of its neighbors, Colleyville doesn’t have a homestead exemption, which allows homeowners to shave a percentage of their home’s value before calculating their tax bill. Gordon Dickson And Nicholas Sakelaris, star-telegram, "Priced out of their home? North Texans see tax bill rise $1,200 in five years," 6 July 2018 In confronting and calling the police on one of our neighbors, the pool chair escalated a situation in a way that does not reflect the inclusive values Glenridge seeks to uphold as a community. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "A White Winston-Salem, NC, Resident Lost His Job After Calling the Police on a Black Woman," 6 July 2018 His show taught them and English-speaking listeners across the continent about the music of their own countries, and that of their neighbors. BostonGlobe.com, "Leo Sarkisian, at 97; creator of VOA’s ‘Music Time in Africa’," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Government forces launched an offensive to recapture southwest Syria and the areas neighboring Jordan and Israel on June 19. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Syrian rebels agree to give up Daraa, cradle of 2011 revolt," 13 July 2018 The one room schoolhouse does not have an address, however, 22 Kahn Road is a neighboring property. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 July 2018 Belgium has played neighboring France 73 times, but the teams haven’t met in three years — and hadn’t met in a competitive game since the 1986 World Cup. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "France's last World Cup hero using expertise to help Belgium reach final," 8 July 2018 The reservoir will receive water from neighboring Winters Run for storage and eventual treatment at Maryland American’s plant along Winters Run at Route 1. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air water company seeks rate increase to recover new reservoir costs," 28 June 2018 Nearly 360 youth and adult volunteers have repaired 54 homes like Santucci’s for free throughout Wallingford and neighboring communities this week. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "A Wallingford Mission Trip Brings Together 360 Youth Volunteers To Repair Homes, Communities," 13 July 2018 In 1982 in Spain, when group finales weren’t played on the same day, West Germany faced neighboring Austria in what came to be known as the Disgrace of Gijon. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The World Cup works fine with 32 teams, but FIFA is about to ruin it," 13 July 2018 Fire departments from neighboring communities also responded, as well as local police who directed traffic on the main streets surrounding the fairgrounds, Gregory said. Jackson Cote, BostonGlobe.com, "Fire damages buildings at Fryeburg Fairgrounds in Maine," 11 July 2018 Speaking at Monday’s news conference, Ghani praised the Trump administration’s South Asia strategy, which included sending more American forces and pressuring neighboring Pakistan to do more to stop militants coming over its border into Afghanistan. Matthew Lee, USA TODAY, "Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan," 9 July 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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Phrases Related to neighbor

next-door neighbor

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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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