Is there significant difference between the words "adjoin" and "join"?

The words seem related and are close in meaning. How do the meanings relate to each other? I would like to look at examples where these words mean something slightly different.

  • I've voted to close this as a "dictionary lookup" question. If you had included definitions and/or examples of each word, and explained why you were still confused, then that would be a worthy question. – 200_success Sep 18 '14 at 6:01
  • Join is about a thousand times more common. Adjoin is relatively uncommon, although the separate word adjoining (an adjective derived from adjoin) is a bit more common than adjoin itself. – snailplane Sep 20 '14 at 7:28
  • The most common use by far of adjoining is with a following word describing a room or other physical space: adjoining room, adjoining bathroom, adjoining bedroom, adjoining land, adjoining area, adjoining property, and so on. – snailplane Sep 20 '14 at 7:30
  • (Sorry, I can't post an answer since it was closed as off-topic.) – snailplane Sep 20 '14 at 7:30
  • @snailboat I assume it was you that voted to reopen? It helps with reopen votes if you explain in a comment why you think the close reason doesn't hold for the question you're voting on. I always read the comments when close/reopen voting, in case another reviewer thought of something I didn't think of. – starsplusplus Sep 20 '14 at 16:44

Adjoin is usually used to describe properties or places -- something physical -- whereas join can be used of pretty much anything ("joining ideas", "joining together in chant", etc.)

Adjoin is most often used as an adjective, such as in the sentence The adjoining room in the hotel....

"In the joining room" wouldn't have the same meaning and would probably be considered incorrect.

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