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)



Definition of neighbor (Entry 2 of 3)

: being immediately adjoining or relatively near


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


We invited our friends and neighbors. Canada is a neighbor of the U.S. Venus is Earth's nearest neighbor.


the baseball field neighbors a parking lot
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her small-minded neighbors and classmates snicker behind her back about how her father has undoubtedly left her mother and how her preternaturally wise baby brother Charles Wallace is clearly a moron. Constance Grady, Vox, "A Wrinkle in Time is a joyous celebration of its heroine’s anger," 29 Nov. 2018 The six day event provides friendly competition among neighbors and a wholesome, educational atmosphere for all ages. The Aegis, "Really, 20 years? [Editorial]," 13 July 2018 On Tuesday, a group of neighbors and firefighters came to help clear out her front and back yard, as well as to assist with packing some of her salvageable things up in boxes. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Video: 83-year-old Pearland woman still living in house gutted from Harvey," 11 July 2018 And often that process is gummed up by objections, either real or fanciful, from neighbors and critics. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why Detroit development takes so long," 11 July 2018 Baby boomers are more disengaged with their neighbors and even their loved ones than any other generation, said Dr. Laura Carstensen, who is director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and herself a boomer, in her 60s. Bruce Horovitz, Washington Post, "Feel Like The Last Friend Standing? Here’s How To Cultivate New Buds As You Age.," 9 July 2018 Dozens of neighbors and stakeholders remain upset over Feibush’s decision to demolish the property. Caitlin Mccabe,, "Developer Ori Feibush begins demolition of Christian Street Baptist," 9 July 2018 As residents sift through the ashes and start the labor-intensive process of rebuilding, some neighbors and family members are hoping to help through fundraising. Lyndsay Winkley,, "Community comes together to drum up support for Alpine fire victims left homeless," 9 July 2018 Police on Wednesday were guarding a building in the outer area of Strasbourg where Chekatt had lived since earlier this year, neighbors said. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Strasbourg suspect: From young criminal to fugitive attacker," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The clones seem to be driven by positive selection; the mutations are conferring a competitive advantage to the cells that carry them, allowing them to grow faster than neighboring cells. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Healthy tissues in older people carry a lot of cancer-promoting mutations," 26 Oct. 2018 The menu changes nightly, based on seasonal produce from neighboring farms and the catch of the day. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 Since the variance approval, neighboring property owners have filed an appeal, and the county executive, Steve Schuh, has pushed through legislation banning variances for marijuana dispensaries. Lisa Prevost, New York Times, "Despite State Blessing, Marijuana Dispensaries Face Local Rancor," 3 July 2018 Former Assessor Kathleen Kelleher and former Assistant Assessor John Solie received significantly lower valuations than neighboring property owners during the recessionary housing crash. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Housing prices drive Davis teachers out of town. Legislators could give them a break from parcel taxes. | The Sacramento Bee," 27 May 2018 Carmel mosque construction hits another potential roadblock An appeal filed on behalf of neighboring property owners is continuing the fight over whether an Islamic Life Center can be built in a residential area of Carmel. Joe Tamborello, Indianapolis Star, "Mosque snags, Ruoff concerts, Portillo's cake & Carmel's gifted program," 9 Apr. 2018 Town officials hope to finalize the agreements with neighboring property owners within the next two months, Anderson said. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Longstanding Barrier To Manchester Redevelopment Removed," 3 Apr. 2018 The project received Common Council zoning approval in September over strong opposition from neighboring condo owners at 1522 N. Prospect Ave. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New downtown Milwaukee towers will flood the market with high-end apartments; others on hold," 12 Jan. 2018 The hard-hitting State Department report released Monday is based on a survey of more than 1,000 refugees among the hundreds of thousands who have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the past two years. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "US: Myanmar military led 'extreme' violence against Rohingya," 24 Sep. 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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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 \

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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