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adjective ad·ja·cent \ə-ˈjā-sənt\

: close or near : sharing a border, wall, or point

Full Definition of ADJACENT

a :  not distant :  nearby <the city and adjacent suburbs>
b :  having a common endpoint or border <adjacent lots> <adjacent sides of a triangle>
c :  immediately preceding or following
of two angles :  having the vertex and one side in common
ad·ja·cent·ly adverb

Examples of ADJACENT

  1. <their house is adjacent to a wooded park>
  2. The Harrimans owned two large adjacent houses on N Street, one for themselves and one for Averell Harriman's pictures. —Larry McMurtry, New York Times Review of Books, 23 Oct. 2003

Origin of ADJACENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, ajesaunt, from Latin adjacent-, adjacens, present participle of adjacēre to lie near, from ad- + jacēre to lie; akin to Latin jacere to throw — more at jet
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of ADJACENT

adjacent, adjoining, contiguous, juxtaposed mean being in close proximity. adjacent may or may not imply contact but always implies absence of anything of the same kind in between <a house with an adjacent garage>. adjoining definitely implies meeting and touching at some point or line <had adjoining rooms at the hotel>. contiguous implies having contact on all or most of one side <offices in all 48 contiguous states>. juxtaposed means placed side by side especially so as to permit comparison and contrast <a skyscraper juxtaposed to a church>.

Rhymes with ADJACENT

ADJACENTLY Defined for Kids


adjective ad·ja·cent \ə-ˈjā-sənt\

Definition of ADJACENT for Kids

:  next to or near something <My sister sleeps in the adjacent room.>


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