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

The garden was designed in 1912 by John Robinson, a neighbor. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "You Need To Know The Real Story Behind Allison's House From Hocus Pocus," 17 Oct. 2018 But a security camera facing Navarra’s driveway from a neighbor’s home did capture Tony’s car parked at her house that afternoon. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fitbit data used to charge 90-year-old man in gruesome hacking murder case," 5 Oct. 2018 The crowded nature of the cluster's core means a star would encounter a neighbor about once every 1 million years, during which time the interloper's gravity could easily strip away planets. Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com, "Omega Centauri Is a Terrible Place to Look for Habitable Planets," 15 Aug. 2018 There was an extra seat for a neighbor who lived in a stuffy third-floor apartment. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 Among the problems, Toliver said, were insect infestations, broken doors, vandalized mailboxes and drug dealers hanging around — a claim supported by a second ex-tenant and a neighbor. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 On Facebook Friday afternoon, Bell livestreamed the story of her husband spotting the snake on the roof of a next-door neighbor’s home. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "WKMG anchor spots snake, gets results," 13 July 2018 The incident was caught on a neighbor's surveillance camera, which helped lead to the man's arrest. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Father seen on surveillance camera using baby as a weapon, swinging and dropping him," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, a neighbor across the street saw his home spared. NBC News, "Weather grants some relief as wildfires burn in West amid heatwave," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 More than 750,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh in the wake of the violence that spiked last August, following an attack by a small armed Rohingya faction on Myanmarese security forces. Jen Kirby, Vox, "New UN report documents evidence of mass atrocities in Myanmar against the Rohingya," 18 Sep. 2018 The United States and Afghanistan have accused neighboring Pakistan of helping the Taliban in a bid to undermine old rival India's growing influence in Afghanistan. Author: Mirwais Harooni, Hamid Shalizi, Anchorage Daily News, "11 Afghan soldiers killed in latest attack in Kabul," 29 Jan. 2018 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

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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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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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