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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Friedman also owns Arden Fair mall, which is adjacent to the empty lot proposed for the project. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Arden Fair may get a lot of new neighbors: Apartment complex would be among region's largest," 29 June 2018 The village also has a contract with Patnick Construction Inc. to increase the size of the storm sewer system in the Woodbine subdivision, which is adjacent to the park and will help homeowners there with their flooding problems, officials said. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen wetland project an effort to mitigate flooding at new park," 14 June 2018 Open space on the property that is adjacent to Haddonfield Memorial High School could be developed for recreational or scholastic sports use. Kevin Riordan,, "After 12 years, South Jersey town's battle over former Bancroft site may be far from over," 13 May 2018 Anna Eshoo, a California congresswoman whose district is adjacent to Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters, pressed Zuckerberg Wednesday on whether the company would be willing to change its business model to protect individual privacy. CBS News, "Mark Zuckerberg's testimony reveals Congress' confusion about Facebook," 11 Apr. 2018 The Boys and Girls Club is adjacent to the shooting location. Anna Beahm,, "Young man shot, killed at Southside Homes in Bessemer," 4 Apr. 2018 Devon Wood is surrounded by one of Braintree’s largest and most beautiful town conservation areas, Cranberry Pond, which is adjacent to our condominium’s own conservation land., "Should Braintree allow bow hunting of deer on conservation land?," 30 Mar. 2018 Since the restaurant and bar were closed the hotel used the adjacent Manor House for breakfast, lunch and dinner service and created a temporary lobby bar for cocktails and light bites. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "The Houstonian to get new restaurant, Tribute, and new bar in major makeover," 5 July 2018 The property is adjacent to 2.13 acres Casselberry already owned at the time of the purchase. Martin E. Comas,, "Casselberry moves forward with relocating police station, which carries $7M price tag," 3 July 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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