peer

noun
\ ˈpir How to pronounce peer (audio) \

Definition of peer

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one that is of equal standing with another : equal The band mates welcomed the new member as a peer. especially : one belonging to the same societal group especially based on age, grade, or status teenagers spending time with their peers
2a : a member of one of the five ranks (duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron) of the British peerage
b : noble sense 1 Peers and commoners alike were shown the same courtesy.
3 archaic : companion

peer

verb (1)
peered; peering; peers

Definition of peer (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to look narrowly or curiously a child peering from behind a tree especially : to look searchingly at something difficult to discern She peered into the dark closet looking for her missing shoe.
2 : to come slightly into view : emerge partly a vast white cloud, through which the sun peered— Francis Kingdon-Ward

peer

verb (2)
peered; peering; peers

Definition of peer (Entry 3 of 3)

Other Words from peer

Noun

peer adjective

Synonyms for peer

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of peer in a Sentence

Noun He was respected and admired by his peers. teenagers spending time with their peer groups
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each of these innovations, and many more, were developed using SNC revenues to solve critical challenges faced by U.S. warfighters—challenges that have grown more demanding as national defense strategy shifted to a focus on near-peer threats. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Brian, his wife and two surviving children have been rocked to the core, and have sought individual and peer support grief counseling. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2022 Brian, his wife and two surviving children have been rocked to the core and have sought individual and peer support grief counseling. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 Brian, his wife and two surviving children have been rocked to the core, and have sought individual and peer support grief counseling. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 10 Apr. 2022 Brian, his wife and two surviving children have been rocked to the core, and have sought individual and peer support grief counseling. cleveland, 10 Apr. 2022 Brian, his wife and two surviving children have been rocked to the core, and have sought individual and peer support grief counseling. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 10 Apr. 2022 Launched in February 2021, Equip assigns patients and their families a five-person dedicated care team that includes a medical physician, a therapist, a dietician, and peer and family mentors. Raquel Reichard, refinery29.com, 29 Mar. 2022 Other studies, some not yet officially peer reviewed and published, also show a decline in vaccine effectiveness three to six months after the initial booster, and that a second booster can improve protection against severe disease. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All that and more as Nathan, Stephen and I peer into the future on Buckeye Talk. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 In theory, this lets experts peer into the code that determines what users see, and what is highlighted or suppressed—something all major social-media platforms have so far declined to do. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 Distant glimpses of Picacho Peak and Mount Wrightson peer out above the urban grid of downtown Tucson and surrounding suburbs, topping out with a see-forever summit panorama. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 For most of human history, this was just an assumption, not a fact; astronomers could only peer through telescopes at distant stars and daydream about the planets that might be hiding in their glow. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2022 What’s more, zebra fish larvae are transparent, so the researchers could peer directly into their brains. Quanta Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 Any Fire Department member in need of support for substance abuse issues will have access to peer support personnel, the department said. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Her unconscious body was discovered only after one officer stood on a desk to peer above an opening of the papered window. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 Masters said in the email that social factors are probably drivers in both the long-term erosion of life expectancy in the United States compared to peer countries and in the pandemic years. Joel Achenbach And Dan Keating, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of peer

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peer

Noun and Verb (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French per, from per, adjective, equal, from Latin par

Verb (1)

perhaps by shortening & alteration from appear

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The first known use of peer was in the 13th century

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“Peer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peer. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for peer

peer

verb
\ ˈpir How to pronounce peer (audio) \
peered; peering

Kids Definition of peer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to look curiously or carefully
2 : to come slightly into view : peep out

peer

noun

Kids Definition of peer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person of the same rank or kind : equal
2 : a member of one of the five ranks (duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron) of the British nobility

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