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 Dictionary entry overview: What does adjacent mean? 

ADJACENT (adjective)
  The adjective ADJACENT has 3 senses:

1. nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space
2. having a common boundary or edge; touching
3. near or close to but not necessarily touching

  Familiarity information: ADJACENT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ADJACENT (adjective)

Sense 1adjacent [BACK TO TOP]


Nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space


adjacent; next; side by side

Context examples:

had adjacent rooms / in the next room / the person sitting next to me / our rooms were side by side


close (at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other)

Sense 2adjacent [BACK TO TOP]


Having a common boundary or edge; touching


abutting; adjoining; conterminous; adjacent; neighboring; contiguous

Context examples:

abutting lots / adjoining rooms / Rhode Island has two bordering states; Massachusetts and Conncecticut / the side of Germany conterminous with France / Utah and the contiguous state of Idaho / neighboring cities


connected (joined or linked together)

Sense 3adjacent [BACK TO TOP]


Near or close to but not necessarily touching

Context examples:

lands adjacent to the mountains / New York and adjacent cities


close; near; nigh (not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances)

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