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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The Cedar Lake Historical Association Museum is adjacent. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Lighthouse Restaurant in Cedar Lake," 9 July 2018 Frito-Lay operates a co-generating plant next to an asphalt company in the adjacent industrial park. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Not All Questions, Concerns Addressed At NTE Project Meeting," 2 July 2018 Hiking/biking: At adjacent Moore Creek Park, a 6-mile loop hike with ridgetop views on the Alta Hennessey Trail is a highlight. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday getaway to Lake Hennessey," 24 June 2018 Where: Festival Park, adjacent to Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave. Kathy Cichon, Elgin Courier-News, "Kool & The Gang to bring funk, jazz and pop to Elgin for Fourth," 22 June 2018 The New Children’s Museum and adjacent park, 200 W. Island Ave. Lisa Deaderick,, "Top weekend events: Vans Warped Tour, San Diego International Fringe Festival, 'Avenue Q'," 22 June 2018 Contractors are bulldozing an alternative escape route through the adjacent Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "New evacuations ordered on Hawaii's Big Island as lava flows from volcano threaten roads, destroy homes," 1 June 2018 Police were called at 9:15 a.m. for a report of an unresponsive woman in the water at the park adjacent to Lake Michigan. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman drowns in Kenosha on Memorial Day. Teen who drowned in Whitewater Lake was Carthage College track star," 28 May 2018 So while the ensemble rehearsed, lights, sound, and chairs were moved outside to the adjacent O’Day Park. Zoë Madonna,, "Ensemble dedicated to Latin American composers builds musical bridges in Boston," 25 May 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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