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Borrowed from Latin adiacēns, adiacentis, derivative of adiaceo (I lie beside); from ad (to) + iaceo (I lie down).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /əˈdʒeɪ.sənt/
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adjacent (not comparable)

  1. Lying next to, close, or contiguous; neighboring; bordering on.
    Because the conference room is filled, we will have our meeting in the adjacent room.
  2. Just before, after, or facing.
    The picture is on the adjacent page.
  3. (figuratively, postpositive) Related to; suggestive of; bordering on.
    • 2018 December 25, Chris Cillizza, “Faith Leaders Speak about Leading Through Natural Disasters; Who's Been Naughty and Nice in 2018 Politics?”, in New Day[1], CNN, retrieved July 27, 2019:
      First of all, she's probably the most popular politics-adjacent figure in the country. She's not a politician. She's never run for anything, but I have said for a long time – I think we all agree – if she did ever want to run for something, she would be right at the front of the line.



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adjacent (plural adjacents)

  1. Something that lies next to something else, especially the side of a right triangle that is neither the hypotenuse nor the opposite.
    • 1980, Faber Birren, The textile colorist
      Again, the key colors have twice the area of the adjacents.
    • 2011, Mark Zegarelli, ACT Math For Dummies (page 194)
      Picking out the opposite, the adjacent, and the hypotenuse



  1. Next to; beside.
    The house adjacent to the school was demolished.
    A notice was sent to the house adjacent the school.
  2. (figuratively) Related to; suggestive of; bordering on.
    • 2008 March 27, Lunden, Ingrid, “Braintree launches Extend to integrate loyalty, fraud prevention and other services into payments”, in TechCrunch[2], retrieved July 26, 2019:
      While Amazon has increasingly become a one-stop shop for some people, we’re also seeing a large proliferation of online companies looking to connect with users wherever they happen to be spending the most time, whether that’s on a social media platform, or on a site that caters to interests adjacent to the businesses’s own — and most importantly not necessarily on the company’s own web properties.

Usage notesEdit

This preposition is usually used with the word to, i.e., "adjacent to". However, in the U.S., adjacent is sometimes used on its own.


  • Bromwich, Jonah Engel (July 16, 2019), “Why Is Everything ‘Adjacent’ Now?”, in The New York Times[3], retrieved July 26, 2019



Borrowed from Latin adiacēns, adiacēntem, present active participle of adiaceō (adjoin, border). Doublet of eina.



adjacent (masculine and feminine plural adjacents)

  1. adjacent



Borrowed from Latin adiacēns, adiacēntem, present active participle of adiaceō (adjoin, border). Doublet of aise.



adjacent (feminine singular adjacente, masculine plural adjacents, feminine plural adjacentes)

  1. adjacent

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