neigh·​bor | \ ˈnā-bər How to pronounce neighbor (audio) \

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)



Definition of neighbor (Entry 2 of 3)

: being immediately adjoining or relatively near


neighbored; neighboring\ ˈnā-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce neighboring (audio) \

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 Megan Burton said the neighbors saw the fire at approximately the same time the Burtons noticed it. Steve Sadin,, "Libertyville first-grader learns about fire safety, then helps her family during fire four days later," 1 Dec. 2019 Then the neighbors started showing up to entertain — the police caught wind — and pretty soon topnotch performers were just showing up on Quinn's front lawn. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "Cancer kept this 3-year-old indoors. Now he's seeing the world for himself," 29 Nov. 2019 Japanese trade data released on Thursday showed beer exports to South Korea plunged to zero last month from 800 million yen ($7.3 million) a year earlier, amid boycotts sparked by an escalating trade spat between the Asian neighbors. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "South Korea didn't buy any beer from Japan last month," 29 Nov. 2019 An arriving officer talked to the neighbor, who was advised to turn down the jams. John Benson, cleveland, "Officer finds drunk Medina man passed out behind the wheel: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 27 Nov. 2019 Other than the neighbor who tosses cigarette butts from his car into my yard? Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona State vs. Arizona picks, predictions: Sun Devils or Wildcats win Territorial Cup?," 26 Nov. 2019 The Abaco Army was aptly named in honor of the neighbors in the Bahamas who suffered the onslaught of Hurricane Dorian. Emmett Hall,, "Abaco Army marches on to flag football title," 26 Nov. 2019 Shotgun houses typically feature spacious gabled front porches, which encouraged socializing with the nearby neighbors. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "So, What Exactly Is a Shotgun House?," 26 Nov. 2019 The neighbor hurried back inside, afraid to tell police., "A mother searches through photos of mutilated dead men, hoping to find her abducted son," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The purchase of the neighboring property also will allow that events venue to better tie in with the bike trail just to the east, Bruno said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Milwaukee company that makes cheeseheads is expanding its manufacturing space and party venue," 20 Nov. 2019 While neighboring nations in Eastern Europe have clamored to introduce tax breaks and production incentives to attract international shoots, Poland, with its long and proud national cinematic tradition, has been happy to go it alone. Stjepan Hundic, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why the Poland Film Sector Is Quietly Thriving," 8 Nov. 2019 But the protesters have also focussed their anger on Iran’s influence in neighboring Iraq. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Hostage Drama in Iran Drags On—Forty Years Later," 4 Nov. 2019 In recent days, convoys of U.S. troops have been pulling out of northern Syria and heading out on major roads into neighboring Iraq. Los Angeles Times, "Russia and Turkey to divvy up large parts of Syria as U.S. clears out," 22 Oct. 2019 Jordan is a key U.S. ally in the region and has been greatly affected by the eight-year-long civil war in neighboring Syria., "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads congressional delegation in Afghanistan visit after stopping in Jordan," 21 Oct. 2019 This has forced aid agencies in neighboring Iraq to be nimble. Matt Bradley, NBC News, "'America has betrayed the Kurds': Anger in a refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan," 17 Oct. 2019 The recent failure of legalization legislation in neighboring New Jersey likely sapped some of the issue's momentum in New York, Cuomo said. David Klepper,, "Illinois soon will have legal recreational marijuana, joining 10 other states. New York? Not this year, its governor says.," 4 June 2019 Ohio has not yet agreed on a number while Pennsylvania set its tax rate at 36 percent — four times the rate of neighboring New Jersey. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "States eye sports betting, wrestle with regulatory details," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of neighbor


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


1530, in the meaning defined above


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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6 Dec 2019

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“Neighbor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce neighbor (audio)

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


neigh·​bor | \ ˈnā-bər How to pronounce neighbor (audio) \

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.


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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