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 neighbor (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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sister who was practically a neighbor, Trish Morgan-Tilley, 52, has the same father as Dugan. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 To them, Hardrick himself was more neighbor than famous painter in a community where plays and concerts were integrated into church gatherings. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 6 June 2022 The lawyer acknowledges that, of the three, only the Samaritan was a neighbor to the wounded man. Maisie Sparks, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 June 2022 Being a good neighbor takes understanding that different people have different needs that need to be accommodated. Gary Singer, Sun Sentinel, 26 May 2022 The Finnish ambassador could not make it to Michigan last week because Finland shares an 830-mile border with Russia, and Vladimir Putin is not being anyone's good neighbor. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 22 May 2022 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn’t around, nor was its neighbor, the Great Lakes Science Center. Marc Bona, cleveland, 13 May 2022 Be a good neighbor and get your pet to a vet or nonprofit clinic to get spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, 12 May 2022 Another consideration when creating the menu, Evans said, was their neighbor: Nomad East, which serves Neapolitan-style pizza across the street. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 500 people who neighbor the company’s computer center got something else: an inescapable drone that is driving many of them crazy. Vipal Monga, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2021 Resident Lisa-Diane Smith, of University Parkway, whose home would neighbor the synagogue lot, was the lone person to question the project. cleveland, 8 June 2021 Department of Homeland Security statistics show that the vast majority of children who've come alone to the United States from Central America -- and other regions that don't neighbor the United States -- are still here. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 17 Mar. 2021 At the same time more Silicon Valley residents are struggling to put food on their tables, the tech companies that neighbor the distribution sites are doing better than ever. NBC News, 24 Dec. 2020 Nisarga comes just two weeks after Cyclone Amphan tore through the Bay of Bengal on India’s east coast and battered West Bengal state, killing more than 100 people in India and neighboring Bangladesh. NBC News, 3 June 2020 Nisarga comes just two weeks after Cyclone Amphan tore through the Bay of Bengal on India's east coast and battered West Bengal state, killing more than 100 people in India and neighboring Bangladesh. Fox News, 2 June 2020 The Myanmar military is already facing allegations of genocide over a 2017 crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority that forced almost 750,000 women, men and children to flee into neighboring Bangladesh. Amy Gunia, Time, 29 Apr. 2020 The current movement of people is the largest human exodus since a 2017 campaign carried out by Myanmar’s military forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to seek sanctuary in neighboring Bangladesh. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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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

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neighboring adjective

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