Definition of neighbor in US English:

neighbor

(British neighbour)

noun

  • 1A person living near or next door to the speaker or person referred to.

    ‘our garden was the envy of the neighbors’
    • ‘He woke his younger sister and brother and got them and their mum out of the house before rousing the next door neighbours.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's even arguable whether their next door neighbours should.’
    • ‘You can tell that you've got scumbags for neighbours when the people next door fulfil the following criteria.’
    • ‘When she was nearly 80, my dear old mum would skip down the garden, jump on to a bench and hop over the wall to check on her next-door neighbour.’
    • ‘Don't dogs realise that the next-door neighbours provide their lawns for this purpose?’
    • ‘The neighbours living directly next door would play loud music and party into the early hours of the morning.’
    • ‘There is lots of petty theft and my neighbour next door was burgled.’
    • ‘Next door, her neighbours have decided to sell their apartment and move out of the city altogether.’
    • ‘A fireman raced to the aid of his new next door neighbours after they spotted smoke.’
    • ‘Most Australians don't know their next-door neighbours or care what becomes of them.’
    • ‘But I'd sometimes go to the next-door neighbours who had a cow called Buttercup.’
    • ‘Living next to nightmare neighbours can turn your life upside down.’
    • ‘Their next door neighbours, also a squatting family, were evicted a few days later.’
    • ‘The next door neighbours are setting off their fireworks as I type this.’
    • ‘My next door neighbours argue passionately, ferociously and with much slamming of doors.’
    • ‘A mere six weeks later I was told my next door neighbours wanted to add an extension to the front of their house.’
    • ‘We did speak with one of his next-door neighbours who claims to be a family friend as well who kind of defended the doctors.’
    • ‘Just before four our next door neighbours started up the car engine, revved it and kept it running.’
    • ‘We have a neighbour next door and I just want her to read this rant.’
    • ‘All of this is told in the aggrieved, obsessed, slightly compassionate tone of a next-door neighbour.’
    1. 1.1 A person or place in relation to others near or next to it.
      ‘I chatted with my neighbor on the flight to New York’
      ‘matching our investment levels with those of our North American neighbors’
      • ‘The future of our country depends on the level of relations with our neighbors.’
      • ‘The game in each plant changed from making improvements to making the plant look good in relation to its neighbors.’
      • ‘Maintaining friendly relations with neighbours and calm within the country are the big tasks ahead.’
      • ‘It is good politics for any country to have friendly relations with its neighbours.’
      • ‘The visit aggravated Japan's already strained relations with its Asian neighbors.’
      • ‘Given your recent history, do you see a future of economic relations with your enormous neighbor?’
      • ‘Each frame is rotated by three degrees in relation to its neighbour and is slightly different in height.’
      • ‘A new government in Iraq raises questions about its relationship to its neighbors.’
      • ‘Equally important for the new president will be forging stronger relations with Korea's neighbors.’
      • ‘That is the only choice for Japan to take in order to win back trust from its Asian neighbors and expand relations with them a step further.’
      • ‘Proponents say the deal makes sense given America's unique relationship with its southern neighbor.’
      • ‘Australia has refused to apologize, creating strained relations with its northern neighbor.’
      • ‘It had good relations with its neighbors and other countries, and the people were largely contented.’
      • ‘There are many other areas of international relations with our Asian neighbours that we also need to get right.’
    2. 1.2 Any person in need of one's help or kindness (after biblical use)
      ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’
      • ‘All we can do is, to do right and love thy neighbor.’
      • ‘I mean, these aren't people that are going to turn around and love thy neighbor tomorrow.’
      • ‘It went totally against Jesus' commandment love thy neighbour as much as yourself.’
      • ‘How can one turn the other cheek and love thy neighbor at the same time you are being urged to conquer by the sign of the cross?’
      • ‘To love thy neighbour as thyself is also a common teaching to many religions.’
      • ‘I always thought IX was something about not bearing false witness against thy neighbor.’
      • ‘Also the things that religion teaches us: love thy neighbour, do not kill and so on, are just ignored.’
      • ‘Love thy neighbor as one loves thyself is still good advice.’
      • ‘And Matthew said most important of all, is love, love thy neighbor as thyself.’
      • ‘The New Testament injunctions to turn the other cheek and love thy neighbour were a great advance in civilisation.’
      • ‘What Jesus does say repeatedly is to love thy neighbor as thyself.’
      • ‘We are trying to realize the core essence of Judaism: to love thy neighbor as thy self.’
      • ‘To thy neighbours owest thou thine heart, thine self, and all that thy hast and can do.’
      • ‘He believed more in loving thy neighbour than defending his country.’
      • ‘Even in the Commandments, it says to love thy neighbor as thyself, not to love thy neighbor more than thyself.’
      • ‘The Bible teaches us to love thy neighbor and advocates social responsibility.’
      • ‘Humanism promoted the spirit of oneness, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’.’
      • ‘Jesus preached love thy neighbour and told people not to take an eye for an eye.’
      • ‘I'm hoping, however, that it's less of a sin to covet thy neighbor's minivan.’
      • ‘If only we kept the commandment, ‘thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,’ but God forgive us for the way we keep it.’

verb

[with object]
  • (of a place or thing) be situated next to or very near (another)

    ‘the square neighbors the old quarter of the town’
    • ‘Anyone planning a firework display in a rural area should warn neighbouring farmers in advance.’
    • ‘The site is in an area neighboring a residential part of the city, north of Harbin.’
    • ‘He heard an elderly woman and a child were among residents in neighbouring flats when the fire started.’
    • ‘One has already been set up in neighbouring Castle Road which suffered from the same problems.’
    • ‘Even in Europe, pensions are uprated in France but not in neighbouring Andorra or Monaco.’
    • ‘Petrus and Sandra decided to elope, leaving for neighbouring Swaziland to get married.’
    • ‘Our soldiers are sent to the south to patrol an area neighboring Chechnya.’
    • ‘Residents from four neighbouring houses spent a night away from their homes as the house was sealed off.’
    • ‘The store and neighbouring areas were blocked off but no bombs were found on the site.’
    • ‘He urged the needy to visit offices in neighbouring areas to see if they could be helped.’
    • ‘Some of the refugees have fled to nearby islands in neighboring provinces.’
    • ‘Ron and Ken are first cousins who grew up on neighboring farms near Harlan in western Iowa.’
    • ‘The dead included six from neighbouring Afghanistan and two Pakistani children.’
    • ‘The region neighboring the telomeres also appears to be rich in duplicated regions.’
    • ‘Parades run over several weekends, so as not to clash with other parades in neighbouring areas.’
    • ‘It has pressured neighboring countries to shut down their casinos at the border.’
    • ‘When he runs out of his own trees, he will buy in supplies from neighbouring estates.’
    • ‘A jukebox stood near the end of the bar, neighboured by a golf machine.’
    • ‘Isn't it great to be on a par with neighbouring towns with the place full of life and lights.’
    adjacent, nearest, closest, next-door, next, adjoining, bordering, connecting, abutting, contiguous, proximate
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Origin

Old English nēahgebūr, from nēah ‘nigh, near’ + gebūr ‘inhabitant, peasant, farmer’ (compare with boor).

Pronunciation

neighbor

/ˈneɪbər//ˈnābər/