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neighbor

[ney-ber] /ˈneɪ bər/
noun
1.
a person who lives near another.
2.
a person or thing that is near another.
3.
one's fellow human being:
to be generous toward one's less fortunate neighbors.
4.
a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans:
to be a neighbor to someone in distress.
5.
(used as a term of address, especially as a friendly greeting to a stranger):
Tell me, neighbor, which way to town?
adjective
6.
situated or living near another:
one of our neighbor nations.
verb (used with object)
7.
to live or be situated near to; adjoin; border on.
8.
to place or bring near.
verb (used without object)
9.
to live or be situated nearby.
10.
to associate with or as if with one's neighbors; be neighborly or friendly (often followed by with).
Also, especially British, neighbour.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English neahgebūr, nēahbūr (nēah nigh + (ge)būr farmer; see Boer, boor); akin to Dutch nabuur, German Nachbar, Old Norse nābūi
Related forms
neighborless, adjective
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Examples for neighbor
  • On a computer, they've positioned the turbines close enough together that as one spins, it then directs the wind to its neighbor.
  • And one orchid species uses different fungi than a close orchid neighbor, to prevent competing for the same nutrients.
  • It's close in that it's our next-door neighbor and shares a long border with our country.
  • But my front door was silent and I could think of no reason, logical or otherwise, to refuse my neighbor's invitation.
  • Our next-door neighbors moved away last week.
  • Kalamazoo is the kind of town, where neighbors know each other.
  • My neighbor breathes really loudly and it drives me nuts.
  • Some animals stay safe by copying the look of a poisonous neighbor.
  • Marathon has the small town atmosphere of neighbor helping neighbor.
  • Some of the neighbors in the book are based on neighbors we had.
British Dictionary definitions for neighbor

neighbour

/ˈneɪbə/
noun
1.
a person who lives near or next to another
2.
  1. a person or thing near or next to another
  2. (as modifier) neighbour states
verb
3.
when intr, often foll by on. to be or live close (to a person or thing)
Derived Forms
neighbouring, (US) neighboring, adjective
neighbourless, (US) neighborless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English nēahbūr, from nēahnigh + būr, gebūr dweller; see boor
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Word Origin and History for neighbor
neighbor
O.E. neahgebur (W.Saxon), nehebur (Anglian), from neah "near" (see nigh) + gebur "dweller," related to bur "dwelling" (see bower). Common Gmc. compound (cf. Du. (na)bur, O.H.G. nahgibur, M.H.G. nachgebur, Ger. Nachbar). The verb is first attested in 1586.
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