ad·​ja·​cent | \ ə-ˈjā-sᵊnt How to pronounce adjacent (audio) \

Essential Meaning of adjacent

: close or near : sharing a border, wall, or point The other group is meeting in the adjacent room. [=the room that is next to this room] Their property and our property are adjacent. [=are next to each other] The dialect is spoken in New York City and adjacent [=nearby] areas.

Full 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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Other Words from adjacent

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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Recent Examples on the Web Mark Burcicki said his basement and the basements of some of his neighbors adjacent to Rouge Park were among those that flooded. Detroit Free Press, 7 Oct. 2021 In their annual Clery reports, colleges must include assaults that happen on campus, or on public property — like a sidewalk — immediately adjacent to campus, or in an off-campus building owned by the school. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Oct. 2021 In October, a new six-seat chef’s table adjacent the kitchen will offer nightly specialty dinners. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 Two residents living in a house adjacent the blaze were displaced due to utility shut off and damage to the exterior of the home. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Aug. 2021 Park visitors will find the Space 220 restaurant adjacent to the Mission: SPACE attraction. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 16 Aug. 2021 In order to keep the room uncluttered, the refrigerator was moved into an adjacent (and generously sized) hallway that's also home to the walk-in pantry. Amanda Sims Clifford, House Beautiful, 5 Aug. 2021 At approximately 4:40pm, after an extensive search, the missing hiker was located off the Echo Canyon Trail, adjacent to a home, on the northeast side of Camelback Mountain. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 1 Aug. 2021 While still at SF State, Gearhart was part of a small consortium of women who pooled their resources to buy adjacent parcels in the forest of Mendocino County. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 July 2021

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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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15 Oct 2021

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“Adjacent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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