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neighbor

A neighbor is a nearby person or thing. Be kind to your neighbor, for you never know when you will need to borrow sugar, a shovel, or the spare key to your house.

The noun neighbor, spelled neahgebur in Old English, translates to “near” “dweller” when broken down into its individual parts. It makes sense, then, that neighbor refers to a nearby person, place, or thing. “It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours,” quipped Harry S. Truman, the 33rd American president.

Definitions of neighbor
  1. noun
    a person who lives (or is located) near another
    synonyms: neighbour
  2. noun
    a nearby object of the same kind
    “Fort Worth is a neighbor of Dallas”
    “what is the closest neighbor to the Earth?”
    synonyms: neighbour
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    type of:
    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  3. verb
    be located near or adjacent to
    “Pakistan neighbors India”
    synonyms: neighbour
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    type of:
    abut, adjoin, border, butt, butt against, butt on, edge, march
    lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
  4. verb
    live or be located as a neighbor
    “the neighboring house”
    synonyms: neighbour
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    type of:
    dwell, inhabit, live, populate
    inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of
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