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

Following the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer be neighbors with Prince William and Kate Middleton, reports of a royal rift have pervaded. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Prince Harry's Relationship with Prince William Is Changing Amid the Kensington Palace Split," 22 Dec. 2018 In the Place Where Prince Lived by Rebecca Bengal Photographer Alec Soth, Prince’s onetime next-door neighbor, takes writer Rebecca Bengal looking for the places Prince had called home. Vogue, "Our Favorite Longreads From 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Instead, Tisha Campbell will be the new face of Carol, who is married to the Baxters' next-door-neighbor, Chuck (Jonathan Adams), and is a close friend to Vanessa Baxter (Nancy Travis). Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Is Replacing Another Favorite Character," 21 Dec. 2018 Family- friendly Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens and its adults-only neighbor, Nayara Springs, in Arenal Volcano National Park, opened a third sister property this fall, Nayara Tented Camp, on a hillside surrounded by jungle. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Not everyone was happy — some neighbors posted 15-foot-high banner signs protesting it. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Political trouble was ‘baked into the cake’ of Seattle’s sweeping upzoning plan," 5 Dec. 2018 Since Garrett's death July 6, the family has received help from neighbors, friends and family. Makayla Tendall, ajc, "'See ya later, suckas!': Family writes unique obituary for 5-year-old cancer victim," 13 July 2018 Continue to push, get the petitions signed, go to your neighbors and coworkers and repeal the repeal! Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "DC repealed a ballot measure giving restaurant workers a raise. But it might be back.," 12 Dec. 2018 Eventually, ispace aims to set up a robotic lunar transportation service and use its bantam rovers to identify and help exploit the resources available on Earth's nearest neighbor, such as water ice. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Japanese Startup ispace to Launch Moon Lander Missions on SpaceX Rockets," 26 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Taliban benefit from sanctuary in parts of neighboring Pakistan. Robert Burns, Fox News, "American general says Afghan battlefield losses are rising," 4 Oct. 2018 But some 3,500 people, many from neighboring villages, are employed here. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018 As the exodus of Venezuelans fleeing their country’s economic and humanitarian crisis grows, neighboring Colombia is responding by tightening checks aimed at curbing the number of migrants in the country illegally. Washington Post, "As Venezuela exodus swells, more migrants face removal," 14 May 2018 In neighboring Argentina, for example, the military regime’s poor performance and human rights abuses delegitimized the institution for generations. Amy Erica Smith, Mollie Cohen, Matthew Layton, Vox, "Did Brazilians vote against democracy on Sunday?," 30 Oct. 2018 And Berlin considers Turkey an important partner in trying to end the conflict in neighboring Syria. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Turkey's Erdogan heads to Germany on bridge-building visit," 27 Sep. 2018 The two are from neighboring states and have played against each other since the fifth grade. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Nike Hoop Summit, U.S. Team notebook: Darius Bazley to the G-League, Bol Bol in action," 13 Apr. 2018 Ask the concierge about the off-leash dog area in the neighboring Boston Common. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the U.S.," 11 Apr. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Beginning in 2014, Islamic State conquered around one-third of Iraq and swaths of neighboring Syria. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Islamic State Left 200 Mass Graves in Iraq, U.N. Says," 6 Nov. 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, Adjective, and Verb

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

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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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