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 \ ə-​ˌdap-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adaptable (audio) , a-​ \ 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

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an adaptable tool that combines a screwdriver, a corkscrew, and pliers an activities director who's adaptable to any kind of situation
Recent Examples on the Web Professionals who are less experienced or just starting to build their career are typically more adaptable to change. Paul Mcdonald, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 These challenges have empowered hiring teams to reimagine recruiting processes and become more adaptable to labor market trends. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 30 Sep. 2021 Get one quick, adaptable and creative recipe in your inbox every Monday through Thursday to inspire delicious meals. Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2021 Take pride in your ability to be flexible, thoughtful and more adaptable than others. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 23 Aug. 2021 Chase’s throwback Aeroes jersey, like the rappers flanking him on the rink, serves as a reminder of just how adaptable the culture is. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2021 Jodi Kennedy Gaffey, founder of the destination management company Epicurean Concierge, is telling clients to be as adaptable as possible. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 Automotive factories will be connected to the cloud and everything else so that the production of a car is more adaptable. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 This classic combo varies by region and is immensely adaptable, depending on what the cook has in the larder. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021

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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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“Adaptable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of adaptable

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

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