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verb \ə-ˈdapt, a-\

Simple Definition of adapt

  • : to change your behavior so that it is easier to live in a particular place or situation

  • : to change (something) so that it functions better or is better suited for a purpose

  • : to change (a movie, book, play, etc.) so that it can be presented in another form

Full Definition of adapt

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make fit (as for a new use) often by modification

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become adapted

adapt·ed·ness noun

Examples of adapt

  1. When children go to a different school, it usually takes them a while to adapt.

  2. She has adapted herself to college life quite easily.

  3. The camera has been adapted for underwater use.

  4. The clock was adapted to run on batteries.

  5. The movie was adapted from the book of the same title.

  6. adapting the movie for television

Origin of adapt

French or Latin; French adapter, from Latin adaptare, from ad- + aptare to fit, from aptus apt, fit

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of adapt

adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances <adapted themselves to the warmer climate>. adjust suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism <adjusted the budget to allow for inflation>. accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence <accommodated his political beliefs in order to win>. conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle <refused to conform to society's values>. reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible <tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew>.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb \ə-ˈdapt\

Medical Definition of adapt

  1. :  to make fit (as for a specific or new use or situation) often by modification <adapted himself to the new position>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to become adapted :  undergo adaptation

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