adapt·​able | \ ə-ˈdap-tə-bəl How to pronounce adaptable (audio) , a-\

Definition of adaptable

: capable of being or becoming adapted plants that are easily adaptable to colder climates

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adaptability \ -​ˌdap-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adaptability (audio) \ noun

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plastic, pliable, pliant, ductile, malleable, adaptable mean susceptible of being modified in form or nature. plastic applies to substances soft enough to be molded yet capable of hardening into the desired fixed form. plastic materials allow the sculptor greater freedom pliable suggests something easily bent, folded, twisted, or manipulated. pliable rubber tubing pliant may stress flexibility and sometimes connote springiness. an athletic shoe with a pliant sole ductile applies to what can be drawn out or extended with ease. ductile metals such as copper malleable applies to what may be pressed or beaten into shape. the malleable properties of gold adaptable implies the capability of being easily modified to suit other conditions, needs, or uses. computer hardware that is adaptable

Examples of adaptable in a Sentence

an adaptable tool that combines a screwdriver, a corkscrew, and pliers an activities director who's adaptable to any kind of situation

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Like a Gemini, Scarlet Witch is adaptable, intelligent, and even a little impulsive. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Which Superhero You Are According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Apr. 2019 Each is comfortable, adaptable, and able to easily go from a stretch of meetings to a working dinner out. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "The Getting-Dressed Trick That Helps Your Career," 16 Apr. 2019 Her strapless red dress, made of an adaptable technical crepe, was designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller; the dream of a marabou hat by Christelle Kocher of Koché. Vogue, "Bella Hadid Stars on Vogue’s Exclusive Digital Cover," 25 Mar. 2019 This versatility makes the fleet endlessly adaptable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Should the U.S. Navy Turn Merchant Ships into Floating Missile Magazines?," 10 Jan. 2019 The runways of Milan Fashion Week are often a beacon of adaptable glamour. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid, and More Models Transform the Milan Runway With a Dramatic Long Hair Statement," 20 Sep. 2018 Centauro is the latest experiment by scientists to find the most adaptable and useful body-shape for robots designed to help in disasters. James Vincent, The Verge, "The future of search-and-rescue robots might be centaur, not human," 28 July 2018 With new diseases emerging, old ones evolving and these populations growing, the world is lucky to have such adaptable institutions. Bill Gates, WSJ, "Bill Gates: The Best Investment I’ve Ever Made," 16 Jan. 2019 By offering more options for zero-emission rides, as well as adaptable infrastructure—new super-fast chargers, which aren’t yet available commercially, work as fast as gas fill-ups—the initiative hopes to create a template for cities to plug in. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "9 cities with smart ideas to improve transportation," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of adaptable

1692, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adaptable

adapt + -able

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English Language Learners Definition of adaptable

: able to change or be changed in order to fit or work better in some situation or for some purpose : able to adapt or be adapted


adapt·​able | \ ə-ˈdap-tə-bəl How to pronounce adaptable (audio) \

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: capable of changing or being changed to better suit a situation

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