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
: to make fit (as for a new use) often by modification
: to become adapted
Examples of adapt
When children go to a different school, it usually takes them a while to adapt.
She has adapted herself to college life quite easily.
The camera has been adapted for underwater use.
The clock was adapted to run on batteries.
The movie was adapted from the book of the same title.
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
Medical Definition of adapt
: to make fit (as for a specific or new use or situation) often by modification <adapted himself to the new position>
: to become adapted : undergo adaptation
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