Definition of neighbor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnābər/
(British neighbour)


1A person living near or next door to the speaker or person referred to: our garden was the envy of the neighbors
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  • 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.
  • But I'd sometimes go to the next-door neighbours who had a cow called Buttercup.
  • Most Australians don't know their next-door neighbours or care what becomes of them.
1.1A 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
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  • It had good relations with its neighbors and other countries, and the people were largely contented.
  • 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.
1.2Any person in need of one’s help or kindness (after biblical use): love thy neighbor as thyself
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  • And Matthew said most important of all, is love, love thy neighbor as thyself.
  • What Jesus does say repeatedly is to love thy neighbor as thyself.
  • To love thy neighbour as thyself is also a common teaching to many religions.


[with object]
(Of a place or thing) be situated next to or very near (another): the square neighbors the old quarter of the town
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  • Our soldiers are sent to the south to patrol an area neighboring Chechnya.
  • The region neighboring the telomeres also appears to be rich in duplicated regions.
  • The site is in an area neighboring a residential part of the city, north of Harbin.



Example sentences
  • Louise and Jerry were neighborless, only a barren nondescript storefront occupied the space to their left.
  • He was quite dismayed when I told him, as apparently his group had thought they were neighbourless.
  • Trading urban sprawl for expansive green fields and terraces for neighbourless living surely suggests a burning desire for a change of pace.


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

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