adaptation

noun
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion | \ ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce adaptation (audio) , -dəp- \

Definition of adaptation

1 : something that is adapted a new adaptation of an old recipe specifically : a composition rewritten into a new form a screen adaptation of a novel
2 : the act or process of adapting a process undergoing adaptation : the state of being adapted adaptation to changing circumstances
3 : adjustment to environmental conditions: such as
a : adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation
b : modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment : a heritable physical or behavioral trait that serves a specific function and improves an organism's fitness or survival

Other Words from adaptation

adaptational \ ˌa-​ˌdap-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce adaptation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​dəp-​ \ adjective
adaptationally adverb

Examples of adaptation in a Sentence

His stage adaptation of the novel was a success. The film is an adaptation of a book of the same title. The insect's evolutionary adaptations enable it to be almost invisible even when sitting in the middle of a leaf. a tool designed for easy adaptation
Recent Examples on the Web Yale Repertory Theatre has announced that its 2022-23 season will include an American classic, a modern adaptation of a Greek tragedy and two new plays. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 James Corden voiced the bunny in a 2018 adaptation and its 2021 sequel. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Apr. 2022 Maddow is on hiatus from her prime time show until April to work on several projects including a new podcast, a film adaptation of her first book and a podcast about former Vice President Spiro Agnew. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 The original compact, in particular, did not consider the needs of tribes who now hold or, in some cases, expect to hold sufficient water rights to make critical contributions to climate adaptation and conservation of reservoir storage. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 All that on the back of Normal People, the Sally Rooney adaptation that entrapped the minds — and dirty dreams — of a good portion of the world. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 8 Mar. 2022 At the same time, many policies have yet to be funded, and additional expenditures for redundancy in energy systems, adaptation, and safety nets are needed. Mekala Krishnan, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2022 Typically, policymakers divide climate policy into two categories: adaptation and mitigation. Kyla Mandel, Time, 28 Feb. 2022 Some politicians and others promote false choices between expensive adaptation and the status quo. Edward R. Carr, The Conversation, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of adaptation

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for adaptation

borrowed from French & Medieval Latin; French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin adaptātiōn-, adaptātiō, from Latin adaptāre "to adapt" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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“Adaptation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adaptation. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for adaptation

adaptation

noun
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion | \ ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce adaptation (audio) \

Kids Definition of adaptation

1 : the act or process of changing to better suit a situation
2 : a body part or feature or a behavior that helps a living thing survive and function better in its environment

adaptation

noun
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion | \ ˌad-ˌap-ˈtā-shən, -əp- How to pronounce adaptation (audio) \

Medical Definition of adaptation

1 : the act or process of adapting : the state of being adapted his ingenious adaptation of the electric cautery knife to … surgery— George Blumer
2 : adjustment to environmental conditions: as
a : adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation
b : modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment — compare adjustment sense 1b

Other Words from adaptation

adaptational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce adaptation (audio) \ adjective
adaptationally \ -​ē How to pronounce adaptation (audio) \ adverb

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