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adjacent

adjective

Definition: near or next to, but not necessarily touching

Synonyms: neighboring, proximate, near, beside, next to

Antonyms: distant, remote

Tips: Adjacent is derived from the Latin adjacere, "to lie near." Adjacent is similar to the word adjoining, but they are not identical in meaning. Generally, adjoining things are touching or continuous, while adjacent things may have a space between them as long as they are still near each other or side by side. Adjacent is also similar to juxtaposed. Adjacent is used to describe any two things next two each other, while juxtaposed is used to describe two things placed side by side, usually for viewing the similarity or differences of the two juxtaposed objects.

Usage Examples:

The study encompassed the city and its adjacent suburbs. (neighboring, near by)

Twin brothers Don and Bob lived in adjacent homes with identical color schemes. (neighboring)

My best friend, another teacher, works in the classroom adjacent to mine. (beside)

My fiancee and I currently live in adjacent cities. (neighboring)


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