Definition of adjoining

: touching or bounding at a point or line

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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 adjoining in a Sentence

the cows had broken through the fence and were grazing in the adjoining field

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When the infant state tried to call itself Macedonia, Greece cried foul, citing a possible threat to its own adjoining province of Macedonia. Washington Post, "AP Explains: What the Greek-Macedonian name deal is about," 13 June 2018 Greece argues that Macedonia's current name implies claims on its own adjoining province of Macedonia, and on ancient Greek culture. Fox News, "State Department official backs Macedonian referendum," 13 Sep. 2018 Karl had already graduated to the building’s magnificent principal block from an only faintly less magnificent set of rooms in an adjoining wing. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers the Unparalleled Energy, Wicked Wit, and Insatiable Curiosity of Karl Lagerfeld," 20 Feb. 2019 In a lawsuit settlement agreement, OCMA revealed its intention to sell the museum property and an adjoining parcel to Nexus, contingent on the sale closing by the end of June. Hillary Davis,, "Orange County Museum of Art takes steps toward its planned move from Newport to Costa Mesa," 16 May 2018 The colors and patterns are repeated in the adjoining rooms—a technique that's fitting for a house with this type of architecture, called American Foursquare, which features large, boxy rooms with wide openings. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Next Wave Design Duo Toledo Geller Shares its Most Jaw-Dropping Room Transformations," 30 Jan. 2019 With a rumored adjoining door between the two apartments, the royal Fab Four would be closer than ever if Harry and Meghan moved in. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have No Plans to Leave Kensington Palace—Or Move into Apartment 1A," 17 Nov. 2018 Then, Athens-Clarke County expanded the complex to include an adjoining gallery hall, a children’s wing, festival ground, and studios for art classes. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Atlanta," 23 Aug. 2018 Since the start of training camp, Washington has held drills outside at Husky Stadium and its adjoining field. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Smoke and haze send UW Huskies inside for practice," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of adjoining

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adjoining

Middle English adjoynyng, from present participle of adjoynen "to adjoin"

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The first known use of adjoining was in 1577

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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