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. 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

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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 French adapter, which itself traces to the Latin forms aptare, meaning "to fit," and 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
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Recent Examples on the Web Upon Beilein's departure and Juwan Howard's arrival, though, Teske was forced to adapt. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's Jon Teske has to rethink strategy as opponents catch on," 19 Feb. 2020 The biggest question is how democracies are going to adapt to this. CBS News, "Transcript: Tech expert Ben Buchanan talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 19 Feb. 2020 Microsoft’s ability to adapt to changing environments in technology, such as via its cloud-computing offerings, bodes well for its future, and investors should also like its high profit margin and growing dividend. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Warning signs for mutual funds, and the advantages of Microsoft shares," 16 Feb. 2020 At home in South Los Angeles, Ruiz, 25, struggles to adapt. NBC News, "'Housing is not the end': Former homeless struggle to adapt," 16 Feb. 2020 But who better to adapt to the new order than the rare someone reared in the business who chooses to persevere despite everything? Mark Kurlyandchik, Freep.com, "Leila is the 2020 Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year," 14 Feb. 2020 As with the trend globally, Indian newsrooms have had to adapt to the demands of a digital-first audience. Quartz India, "Kavita Devi on the jobs that will define India’s future," 11 Feb. 2020 Rent the Runway itself has had to adapt to an increasingly demanding customer. Anchorage Daily News, "Retailers try clothing rental, but will it be a good fit?," 11 Feb. 2020 The Academy has been infamously slow to adapt with a changing Hollywood landscape. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Parasite Swept The 2020 Oscars, Taking Home Best Picture & More," 9 Feb. 2020

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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 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for adapt

adapt

verb
How to pronounce adapt (audio)

English Language Learners 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

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.
\ 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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