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 adaptation (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 first film adaptation of the murder was the 1975 TV movie Who Is the Black Dahlia? Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Dark History Of The Cecil Hotel — From Its Heyday To Richard Ramirez & American Horror Story," 12 Feb. 2021 The 2015 graphic novel adaptation of it is much the same, with a primary quality of tedious flatness. Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, "The Unheroic Life of Stan Lee," 9 Feb. 2021 When a virus is spreading as widely and rapidly as SARS-CoV-2, spinning through trillions of generations each minute, adaptation is inevitable. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Evolution of the Coronavirus," 15 Jan. 2021 Like its source material, the Russos' film adaptation is a wild, circuitous tale that can be grimly funny in one moment and devastating the next. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Tom Holland unravels in first Cherry trailer," 14 Jan. 2021 Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime cult classic starring Jon Cho is currently in production. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "These Are the 17 Must-Watch TV Shows of 2021," 6 Jan. 2021 Produced by Geoff Gonzalez, choreographed by Elizabeth Wistrich and richly costumed by David Heuvel, this 90-minute adaptation of the most beloved holiday dance work of all time is a definite treat. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: City Ballet’s ‘A Masquerade Nutcracker’," 31 Dec. 2020 But the film adaptation of August Wilson's play is also one of those occasions when the story behind the scenes is just as compelling – and equally tragic. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (December 13)," 10 Dec. 2020 Where the adaptation deviated from the original, and from realism, was in its tone. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "Why Do We Still Love “The Office”?," 7 Dec. 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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“Adaptation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adaptation. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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

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