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[uh-join] /əˈdʒɔɪn/
verb (used with object)
to be close to or in contact with; abut on:
His property adjoins the lake.
to attach or append; affix.
verb (used without object)
to be in connection or contact:
the point where the estates adjoin.
Origin of adjoin
1275-1325; Middle English a(d)joinen < Middle French ajoindre. See ad-, join
Related forms
unadjoined, adjective
Can be confused
adjoin, adjourn. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adjoin
  • If you're visiting in the winter, you can cross-country ski on trails that adjoin the property.
  • Bedrooms for one or two adjoin a centralized activity room.
  • Build three to four foot gate in existing fence to adjoin two pastures.
  • One side of the wheelchair space shall adjoin an accessible route or adjoin another wheelchair space.
  • Parking that does not immediately support and/or adjoin a fee site or area, undesignated parking or picnicking along roadsides.
  • These are posts that enclose or adjoin the water standpipes provided along the roads throughout the cemetery.
  • Areas of the parcel that adjoin the coast may be suitable for settlement.
British Dictionary definitions for adjoin


to be next to (an area of land, etc)
(transitive) foll by to. to join; affix or attach
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin adjungere, from ad- to + jungere to join
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Word Origin and History for adjoin

c.1300, "unite, ally" from Old French ajoin- stem of ajoindre "join together, unite," from Latin adjungere "fasten on, harness, join to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + jungere "to bind together" (see jugular). Meaning "be contiguous with, be adjacent to" is from late 14c. Related: Adjoined; adjoining.

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