[ uh-jey-suhnt ]
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  1. lying near, close, or contiguous; adjoining; neighboring: a motel adjacent to the highway.

  2. just before, after, or facing: a map on an adjacent page.

  1. (used in combination)

    • related or very close to a specified topic, activity, etc.: While the comment was not outright racist, it was racist-adjacent.

    • supporting or being an ally of a group or subculture without being a part of it: She describes herself as queer-adjacent.

    • having the traits or interests of a group or subculture without being a part of it: Are they full-on geeks or just nerd-adjacent?

Origin of adjacent

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin adjacent- (stem of adjacēns, present participle of adjacēre “to adjoin”), equivalent to ad- “toward” (see ad-) + jac- “lie” + -ent- adjective suffix (see -ent)

synonym study For adjacent

1. See adjoining.

Other words for adjacent

Opposites for adjacent

Other words from adjacent

  • ad·ja·cent·ly, adverb
  • non·ad·ja·cent, adjective
  • non·ad·ja·cent·ly, adverb
  • sub·ad·ja·cent, adjective
  • sub·ad·ja·cent·ly, adverb
  • su·per·ad·ja·cent, adjective
  • su·per·ad·ja·cent·ly, adverb
  • un·ad·ja·cent, adjective
  • un·ad·ja·cent·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with adjacent

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How to use adjacent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for adjacent


/ (əˈdʒeɪsənt) /

  1. being near or close, esp having a common boundary; adjoining; contiguous

  2. maths

    • (of a pair of vertices in a graph) joined by a common edge

    • (of a pair of edges in a graph) meeting at a common vertex

  1. geometry the side lying between a specified angle and a right angle in a right-angled triangle

Origin of adjacent

C15: from Latin adjacēre to lie next to, from ad- near + jacēre to lie

Derived forms of adjacent

  • adjacency, noun
  • adjacently, adverb

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