from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who lives near or next to another.
  • n. A person, place, or thing adjacent to or located near another.
  • n. A fellow human.
  • n. Used as a form of familiar address.
  • transitive v. To lie close to or border directly on.
  • intransitive v. To live or be situated close by.
  • adj. Situated or living near another: a neighbor state.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of neighbour.
  • v. Alternative spelling of neighbour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Near to another; adjoining; adjacent; next; neighboring.
  • n. A person who lives near another; one whose abode is not far off.
  • n. One who is near in sympathy or confidence.
  • n. One entitled to, or exhibiting, neighborly kindness; hence, one of the human race; a fellow being.
  • intransitive v. To dwell in the vicinity; to be a neighbor, or in the neighborhood; to be near.
  • transitive v. To adjoin; to border on; to be near to.
  • transitive v. To associate intimately with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who lives near another; one who forms part of a circumscribed community; a person in relation to those who dwell near him, in the houses adjacent, or, by extension, in the same village or town.
  • n. One who stands or sits near another; one in close proximity.
  • n. A person in relation to his fellow-men, regarded as having social and moral duties toward them.
  • n. One who lives on friendly terms with another: often used as a familiar term of address: as, neighbor Jones.
  • n. An intimate; a confidant.
  • Neighboring; adjacent; situated or dwelling near or in neighborhood: as, the neighbor village; neighbor farmers.
  • To border on or be near to.
  • To make near or familiar.
  • To inhabit or occupy the same vicinity as neighbors; dwell near one another as members of the same community; be in the neighborhood; be neighborly or friendly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. live or be located as a neighbor
  • n. a nearby object of the same kind
  • v. be located near or adjacent to
  • n. a person who lives (or is located) near another


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English neighebor, from Old English nēahgebūr : nēah, near + gebūr, dweller.



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