adapt

verb
\ ə-ˈdapt How to pronounce adapt (audio) , a- \
adapted; adapting; adapts

Definition of adapt

transitive verb

: to make fit (as for a new use) often by modification adapt the curriculum to students' needs

intransitive verb

: to become adapted adapt to a new environment

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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. businesses accommodating themselves to the new political reality 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

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Rooted in the origins of adapt is the idea of becoming specifically fit for something. English speakers adapted adapt in the 15th century from the Middle French adapter, which was borrowed, in turn, from the Latin adaptāre,a combination of the Latin prefix ad- ("to, toward") and the verb aptāre, meaning "to put into position, bring to bear, make ready." Aptāre is a verbal derivative of aptus, meaning "fit" or "apt." Other descendants of aptus in English include aptitude, inept, and of course apt itself, as well as unapt and inapt.

Examples of adapt in a Sentence

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web The unit will have to adapt to a smaller team for the immediate future, said police spokesman Lt. Nathan Sheppard. oregonlive, 9 May 2022 Companies that never used digital channels and tools before had to adapt to using them overnight. Dimitri Akhrin, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Earlier this month, Frese mentioned how the transfer portal has its pros and cons, but at the end of the day, coaches have to adapt. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 30 Apr. 2022 The media continues to have to adapt to the new Hong Kong. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Frankly, the Jazz also just have to adapt more quickly to hot players. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Apr. 2022 Yet people can change even faster than the climate, Wehner said, giving the United States a chance to adapt. Sarah Kaplan And Andrew Ba Tran, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Jan. 2022 To be successful, business leaders need a strong data strategy, coupled with a technology and governance approach that can manage complexity and adapt to future changes. Rob Fisher, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 There's nothing in this vehicle that most cr owners would not be able to quickly figure out and adapt to. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of adapt

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for adapt

Middle English adapted (as translation of Latin adaptātus), borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French adapter, borrowed from Latin adaptāre, from ad- ad- + aptāre "to put into position, bring to bear, make ready," verbal derivative of aptus "fastened, prepared, suitable" — more at apt entry 1

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“Adapt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adapt. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for adapt

adapt

verb
\ ə-ˈdapt How to pronounce adapt (audio) \
adapted; adapting

Kids Definition of adapt

1 : to change behavior so that it is easier to function in a particular place or situation He easily adapted to high school.
2 : to make or become suitable or able to function The camera was adapted for underwater use.

adapt

transitive verb
\ ə-ˈdapt How to pronounce adapt (audio) \

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

intransitive verb

: to become adapted : undergo adaptation

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