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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The problem with this black-and-white thinking is that having impossibly rigid standards doesn’t allow for any adaptation when life gets in the way. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "13 Mental Strategies to Help You Stick With Your New Exercise Routine," 4 Jan. 2019 This wasn't the only fun that happened at the advanced screening for the movie adaptation of the book by Nicola Yoon. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, ""The Sun Is Also a Star" Actors Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton Helped with an Adorable Promposal," 3 May 2019 The upshot is that Neanderthals and woolly mammoths evolved the same genetic adaptations independently. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths Shared Genetic Traits," 10 Apr. 2019 Loyal fans know the singer has been in London to film the movie adaptation of Cats. Glamour, "Taylor Swift Wore Animal Print to the Cats Wrap Party, Because of Course She Did," 2 Apr. 2019 The pair are signed on as producers for the upcoming adaptation of Burnett's 2013 memoir, Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Tina Fey and Carol Burnett Are Working on a Movie Based on Burnett's Memoir Carrie and Me," 27 Mar. 2019 Beyond Interest in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has surged in recent years, thanks to the Hulu adaptation and the election of President Donald Trump. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Call of the Wild (1935) Clark Gable stars in an early adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel, and if that’s not enough to sway you, the dog is the hero. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Sick of Holiday Movies? Help Is On the Way," 21 Dec. 2018 Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall later starred in a 1980 big-screen adaptation directed by Stanley Kubrick. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Bear visits Colorado hotel behind Stephen King's 'The Shining'," 26 Aug. 2018

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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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