adaptation

noun

ad·​ap·​ta·​tion ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce adaptation (audio)
-dəp-
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
adaptational
ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shnəl How to pronounce adaptation (audio)
-shə-nᵊl
-dəp-
adjective
adaptationally adverb

Example Sentences

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 The 2000 live-action adaptation of the beloved children's tale by Dr. Seuss tells the story of the bitter, green Grinch — joined by his pup, Max, of course — who tries to ruin Christmas in Whoville. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2022 Murray wrote the adaptation and lyrics and directed this production with music by Billy Thompson. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 The film adaptation is based on the Langston Hughe’s musical, Nativity. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 23 Nov. 2022 Making Disenchanted required new tactics for Shankman, a veteran of several classic music videos as well as features such as A Walk to Remember and the 2007 movie adaptation of the Broadway rethink of John Waters' Hairspray. Yolanda Machado, EW.com, 20 Nov. 2022 Power Rangers Hyperforce and Power Rangers Super Ninja Steele — video games and the 1995 big-screen adaptation of the TV series. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 20 Nov. 2022 Lookinglass Theatre Company brings back its holiday tradition of staging the adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the fantastic journey of a one-legged tin soldier who falls in love with a paper ballerina. Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 The film adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel series features mega-stars such as Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Jason Momoa. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 17 Nov. 2022 The adaptation of Taffy Brodesser-Akner's bestselling novel is coming to the small screen this holiday season. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of adaptation was in 1597

Dictionary Entries Near adaptation

Cite this Entry

“Adaptation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adaptation. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

adaptation

noun
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion ˌad-ˌap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce adaptation (audio)
-əp-
1
a
: the act or process of adapting
b
: the state of being adapted
2
: adjustment to environmental conditions: as
a
: adjustment of a sense organ to the degree or quality of stimulation
b
: change in an organism or its parts that fits it better for the conditions of its environment
also : a structure resulting from this change
3
: something that is adapted
especially : a composition rewritten into a new form
adaptational
-shnəl How to pronounce adaptation (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective
adaptationally
adverb

Medical Definition

adaptation

noun
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion ˌad-ˌap-ˈtā-shən, -əp- How to pronounce adaptation (audio)
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
adaptational adjective
adaptationally adverb

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