ad·ja·cent | \ ə-ˈjā-sᵊnt \

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

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adjacently adverb

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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
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Market and more, an arts and crafts event, will be held on the plaza adjacent to the farmers market, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get your running shoes ready for Wauwatosa's annual Run Tosa Run May 19," 14 May 2018 If that makes for too many Fenways on the T, then Ofsevit suggested renaming the Green Line stop — say, for nearby Park Drive, or Landmark for the adjacent Landmark Center shopping plaza. Adam Vaccaro,, "So, what to call Yawkey MBTA station?," 26 Apr. 2018 The master bedroom and adjacent dressing room are a reminder that luxury can come from basic materials and modest size. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 The same deep pink covers pillows in the adjacent family room. Sally A. Downey,, "Old combines with new in 1910 Craftsman house in Wynnewood," 3 July 2018 An 11th family member, a 77-year-old woman, was found dead in an adjacent room. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Death of 11 family members in India may be ritual ‘mass suicide,’ police say," 3 July 2018 Inside the adjacent living room, the picture is surrounded by binders stuffed with research on depression, suicide and traumatic brain injuries, as well as a letter from the Mayo Clinic that contains a potential clue—the autopsy of Tyler’s brain. Greg Bishop,, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 After applicants had checked in, they were called into an adjacent room where hiring managers would have a face-to-face interview. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Family separations: We talked to 3 people who wanted to work at a child shelter in Mesa," 20 June 2018 Crocker also glazed the walls in the adjacent dining room. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Once a sea captain’s cottage, this Cotuit fixer-upper brings on the charm," 15 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of adjacent

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


ad·ja·cent | \ ə-ˈjā-sᵊnt \

Kids Definition of adjacent

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

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