ad·​ja·​cent | \ ə-ˈjā-sᵊnt How to pronounce adjacent (audio) \

Definition of adjacent

1a : 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
2 of two angles : having the vertex and one side in common

Other Words from adjacent

adjacently adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of adjacent in a Sentence

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 Hearing unexpected chords was linked to magnetic activity in a left-brain region known as Broca's area and in adjacent right-brain tissue. — Bruce Bower, Science News, 5 May 2001 The hallways, especially those adjacent to the satellite phone, were crowded with journalists, avid to cover the Taliban takeover … — Michael Ignatieff, New Yorker, 24 Mar. 1997 Digging further in that spot and five adjacent areas, they retrieved 19 skulls, five eggs, over 150 jaws and hundreds of teeth, limbs and bone bits. — Natalie Angier, Time, 8 Oct. 1984 their house is adjacent to a wooded park
Recent Examples on the Web At the table adjacent to ours was fellow Clevelander Jay Valerian, who was making his second trip to the lodge. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2022 The hallway ran adjacent to two interconnected classrooms where the 18-year-old gunman slaughtered his victims and where he remained holed up for over an hour. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Sep. 2022 That's the former Milwaukee Center office tower adjacent to Saint Kate — The Arts Hotel. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022 Hoping to reach deeper into the community, Richmond formed the New Hope Community Development Group and used space adjacent to the church to hold events where residents could voice their concerns., 8 Sep. 2022 Bikers, runners and walkers have more than two miles of paths adjacent to nature scenery of Lick Creek and Beech Creek. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Sep. 2022 In recent months, the Greek port of Alexandroupolis, which sits adjacent to Turkey and Bulgaria in the northern Aegean Sea, has become a central focal point as the U.S. increases its military presence in Eastern Europe. Fox News, 3 Sep. 2022 Wilde Lake gathered on the grass just beyond the field adjacent to their bleachers. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 3 Sep. 2022 In 1996, while working in a media center adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park, a bomb went off in the epicenter of the Atlanta Summer Games. Paul Newberry, ajc, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of adjacent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for adjacent

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French agisaunt, adjesant, borrowed from Latin adjacent-, adjacens, present participle of adjacēre "to lie near, border on," from ad- ad- + jacēre "to lie," stative derivative from the base of jacere "to throw" — more at jet entry 3

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21 Sep 2022

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“Adjacent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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ad·​ja·​cent | \ ə-ˈjā-sᵊnt How to pronounce adjacent (audio) \

Kids Definition of adjacent

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

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