: adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation
: 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
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 WebThe 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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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