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

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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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But traffic will be detoured during later phases of construction that will require closure of the entrance and exit ramps to I-90. The work area is adjacent to Rockefeller Park, Gordon Park and the Lakefront Reservation. Robert Higgs,, "Construction work slated for sole I-90 shoreway interchange with direct link to University Circle," 12 July 2019 Kids or no kids, the iconic restaurant-adjacent playgrounds filled with screaming children, murky ball pits, and soaring structures made from colorful tubes are purposefully hard to miss. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Where Have the McDonald's PlayPlaces Gone?," 11 July 2019 The property is adjacent to the 194-acre Glade Park mixed-use development. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "This week's top commercial real estate transactions," 5 July 2019 The Jewel-Osco property is adjacent to the North Branch, about a half-mile northwest of where Uriostigue’s body was found. Javonte Anderson,, "Body found in North Branch identified as missing man from West Side," 2 July 2019 The nearly 300-unit complex, built around 1940, is adjacent to the former home of Edgar Allen Poe, now a museum dedicated to the famed writer. Phil Davis,, "Baltimore officials to relocate 24 households at Poe Homes as crews struggle to restore water access," 24 June 2019 The underground gallery is adjacent to the Freer Gallery of Art., "Jeff Merkley wants Smithsonian to remove Sackler name over role in opioid crisis," 19 June 2019 Nestled inside the new Oviedo on the Park, a mix of posh apartments, retail stores and trendy eats, sits this lovely park with a lake at its center, adjacent playground, walking trails, an amphitheater and a petite-but-popular dog park. A.d. Thompson,, "Oviedo Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Exceptions are occasionally made: when school is in session, for example, spray showers at adjacent playgrounds will remain off. Keith Williams, New York Times, "It’s Hot. How Do I Get the Spray Shower at the Park to Work?," 19 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 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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