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

In the past month, McNamara has held two informal meetings with neighbors living around the Poway golf property, which owner Michael Schlesinger closed last November after Measure A was soundly defeated by voters. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "'Agritopia'-inspired development in works for StoneRidge?," 12 July 2018 Pick the best possible answer and share with your neighbors. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Try Out This Physics Problem With a Baseball and a Neighbor," 6 July 2018 Nicholas urged the state legislature to keep pace with its New England neighbors and legalize recreational marijuana. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "What To Know About Recreational Marijuana Sales in Massachusetts," 5 July 2018 Local leaders need to do better To the Editor, Government meetings in Montgomery County often open with Christian prayer, a practice appropriate given that Jesus taught us how to engage with our neighbors. Houston Chronicle, "Letters to the Editor," 30 June 2018 Despite that, city folks have managed, for the most part, to keep peace with their county neighbors. Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Red Hen aftermath, a community wades through nation's vitriol," 29 June 2018 As with Brexit, an overwhelming majority of professional economists disagree with Trump’s blustery skepticism of free trade, even with allied neighbors. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Brexit Has Already Slowed U.K. Growth by 2.1%, According to New Study," 23 June 2018 Research indicates that people who live within walking distance of parks and retail are more likely to experience chance encounters with their neighbors, which have been shown to increase social connections and reinforce civic trust. Diana Budds, Curbed, "20 things every city can do to boost the quality of public life," 21 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of the issues is relations with the United States as a partner in the fight against global terrorism and finding a way to end the 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan. Abdul Salam, USA TODAY, "A cricket star is the front-runner to become Pakistan's next prime minister," 9 July 2018 School officials have said the district consistently loses experienced teachers and has trouble hiring new teachers because Jefferson's starting salary lags neighboring districts. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Jefferson teachers can get $2,000 by attending safety training program," 19 Apr. 2018 There were high hopes South Sudan would have peace and stability after its independence from neighboring Sudan in 2011. Fox News, "UN to vote on arms embargo and new sanctions on South Sudan," 13 July 2018 Also Sunday, telephone connections were established between the neighboring Horn of Africa countries. Elias Meseret, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ethiopia and Eritrea unite after ending 20-year border war," 9 July 2018 Clumping bamboo should be fine, but running bamboo is to be avoided as the latter has a reputation for running wild over its own and even neighboring properties. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Need to screen off your neighbors? Here's how to grow a green privacy barrier," 27 June 2018 Voters in neighboring Arkansas legalized the drug for medical use in 2016, but Oklahoma is among the most conservative states to approve its use. CBS News, "Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana despite bitter opposition," 27 June 2018 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

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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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