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 \ ˌa-​ˌdap-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce adaptational (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
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Recent Examples on the Web The Irish stage actor is making his screen debut in Hulu's adaptation of Sally Rooney's best-selling novel. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "CAA Signs 'Normal People' Star Paul Mescal (Exclusive)," 2 Apr. 2020 The Hours Oscar winner and Big Little Lies Emmy winner has landed one of two starring roles in Amazon's series adaptation of author Janelle Brown's forthcoming novel Pretty Things, EW has learned. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Nicole Kidman to star in Amazon's Pretty Things series adaptation," 2 Apr. 2020 Gwenyth Paltrow stars in this delightful adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "51 hopeful movies that will make you feel good about life, now streaming on Netflix and more," 16 Mar. 2020 And Kerry Washington already had come on board to co-star with Witherspoon in the limited-series adaptation that streaming service Hulu will premiere Wednesday, March 18. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "‘Little Fires Everywhere’ team was intent on doing justice to novel set in Shaker Heights," 8 Mar. 2020 Uproarious and sassy comedy mixes with unspeakable tragedy in Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s acclaimed novel. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Cincy Shakes is mad as hell, and it's not gonna take this anymore," 4 Mar. 2020 In the battle to retrieve his father, Artemis joins forces not only with Mulch, but a LEP elven reconnaissance officer named Holly Short (Lara McDonnell)—an alliance that suggests events in book two may be included in this adaptation. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Artemis Fowl trailer has some book fans up in arms over boy-genius portrayal," 2 Mar. 2020 He can currently be seen in theaters playing Buck, the canine protagonist in the adaptation of Jack London’s opposite Harrison Ford. Washington Post, "Terry Notary plays a dog opposite Harrison Ford in ‘The Call of the Wild.’ It’s no easy gig.," 28 Feb. 2020 Jo March wears the pants in the feminist adaptation of Little Women, now on stage in a production by Dallas Theater Center. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Feminist ‘Little Women’ at Dallas Theater Center is savvy and heartbreaking while avoiding polemics," 13 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of adaptation was in 1597

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7 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adaptation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adaptation. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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adaptation

noun
How to pronounce adaptation (audio)

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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