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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With DJs like Aurora Halal, Juliana Huxtable, and Kilbourne playing in a venue that’s adjacent to a clothing-optional beach, the setting will provide a relaxing juxtaposition to music that would otherwise blast out of the Berghain sound system. Vogue, "Forget Coachella: These Far-Flung Alternatives Are Pushing Festival Style Forward," 9 Mar. 2019 Her body was found in a crawlspace at 113 Wayne Place SE, while the bodies of King and Jefferson were found buried in a shallow grave at an adjacent property, 111 Wayne Place SE.. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Serial killer not ruled out as DC police ID remains of 3 women found in shallow grave," 16 Aug. 2018 Being state-owned, the land doesn’t currently generate any tax revenue for the village, but the TIF district includes other adjacent properties, including businesses along Duvan Drive to the north of the state property. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "3 firms compete to develop state-owned site in Tinley Park," 13 July 2018 Two parcels that have been explored outside of North Sacramento are adjacent properties on Meadowview Road, next to the Pannell Community Center. Ryan Lillis And Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Sacramento wants to build large homeless shelters. But these key sites face opposition," 30 June 2018 Michels executives haven't yet disclosed specific development plans for the former brewpub site, and for an adjacent 2-acre property that another Michels affiliate owns just to the west. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Large riverside development site in Milwaukee's Harbor District sold to San Diego investor," 27 June 2018 Duke Energy is building an operations center on the Builders First Source/Western Home Center property at 7600 Colerain Ave., and wants to add the adjacent Fireside Motel property to that project. Jennie Key,, "Colerain plan takes down 'blighted' motel," 25 June 2018 Instead, the developer is upgrading the 24 apartments on the adjacent property, which will mean an increase in rents that could displace some longtime PB residents. David Garrick,, "Pacific Beach residents fighting project they say isn't dense enough," 25 June 2018 Mohammed Y Al Azzah of Schererville, who was raised in Gary and is an alumnus of Lew Wallace High School, already owns an auto repair shop in the area and wants to have a car lot on adjacent property. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Mayor: Port authority benefitting Gary," 22 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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