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

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Other Words from adaptation

adaptational \ -​shnəl How to pronounce adaptational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ 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
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That leaves just two meme adaptation bugaboos: copyright and story. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme Movie Curse," 12 July 2019 Guests were met by a string quartet from London’s Royal Chamber of Music playing orchestral adaptations of contemporary pop. Mankaprr Conteh, Vogue, "Alexa Chung Hosted a Wine-Filled Dinner Party in London," 12 July 2019 She’ll be seen next acting in Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen adaptation series on HBO. Sydneybucksbaumewcom, EW.com, "Regina King making feature directorial debut with young Muhammad Ali movie," 11 July 2019 Disney is getting better at live-action adaptations — slightly. Kendra James, The Verge, "Disney’s live-action Lion King is pretty, but so unnecessary," 11 July 2019 This family-friendly theatrical adaptation of Maira Kalman’s book follows the beat-poet dog Max Stravinsky on his quest to get from New York to Paris. Shane Harrison, ajc, "Things to do in and around Atlanta: July 12-20," 11 July 2019 Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan will arrive in theaters next year, while Netflix will host the anime adaptation Cowboy Bebop, starring John Cho, and Master of None co-creator Alan Yang’s drama Tigertail. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Crazy Rich Asians Kicked Down the Door. Now Asian Americans Are Fighting To Stay in the Room," 10 July 2019 The Chloe x Halle singer, 19, was cast as the singing mermaid in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Disney's Original Ariel Reacts to Halle Bailey Being Cast in Live-Action The Little Mermaid," 9 July 2019 In the context of climate policy, watchful waiting and adaptation over time are the only sensible approaches consistent with them. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, "The Confusions of the ‘Conservative’ Carbon Tax," 8 July 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of adaptation

: something that is adapted especially : a movie, book, play, etc., that is changed so that it can be presented in another form
: a change in a plant or animal that makes it better able to live in a particular place or situation
: the process of changing to fit some purpose or situation : the process of adapting

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 adaptational (audio) \ adjective
adaptationally \ -​ē How to pronounce adaptationally (audio) \ adverb

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