adapt·​ed ə-ˈdap-təd How to pronounce adapted (audio)
: suited by nature, character, or design to a particular use, purpose, or situation
used with to or for
soil well adapted to the growing of wheat
"The teeth are sharp and adapted for gripping onto slippery prey … "Debi Willoughby
adaptedness noun
He proposes that natural selection is the process of differential reproduction resulting from differential adaptedness to a common selective environment. Biological Sciences

Examples of adapted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film scored a trophy for adapted screenplay and was nominated for best picture, while Giamatti’s co-stars Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen were also recognized by Academy voters. Clayton Davis, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 In addition to Best Director, the film also earned nods for Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), its adapted screenplay, cinematography, costume and production design, editing, hairstyling and makeup, and singular score. Declan Gallagher,, 24 Jan. 2024 Gerwig was nominated, alongside her husband, Noah Baumbach, for adapted screenplay, but the irony of her being snubbed (again) for directing the film that featured that scene is breathtaking. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Jeffrey Wright for best actor and Jefferson for adapted screenplay were lovely but less shocking. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 The fact that Scorsese and Eric Roth’s adapted screenplay didn’t get a look-in. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 23 Jan. 2024 When official Oscar nomination voting opens Thursday, Jan. 11, eligible voting members of the branch will only be able to cast votes for the script written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach in adapted screenplay. Clayton Davis, Variety, 3 Jan. 2024 The drama also won Oscars for adapted screenplay (John Ridley) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Dec. 2023 Then, while excavating in 2002, workers discovered a series of tunnels and an adapted cistern beneath the back of the property that archaeologists came to believe were hiding places for freedom seekers—physical evidence of Smith and Stevens’ work on the Underground Railroad. Tracy Schorn, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


from past participle of adapt

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adapted was in the 15th century

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“Adapted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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: suited by nature or design to a particular use, purpose, or situation
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