adapt·​ed | \ ə-ˈdap-təd How to pronounce adapted (audio) , a-\

Definition of adapted

: 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

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adaptedness noun
He proposes that natural selection is the process of differential reproduction resulting from differential adaptedness to a common selective environment. Biological Sciences

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Patrick Fraser Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is one of the most adapted books in the English language. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jane Eyre is a startlingly modern heroine. A new ballet shows why.," 27 June 2019 Martinez now walks on prosthetic legs, drives an adapted car, hunts and now surfs. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nation’s adaptive surfers have eyes on 2024 Paralympics," 14 June 2019 In the bird’s droppings, the seeds will germinate and advance, becoming ever more genetically diverse in the process and making the pear ever more adapted to its own spread. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 Across much of Europe, subtropical vegetation replaced cool-adapted plants, and dense swamp-forests resembling modern Louisiana clogged coasts and estuaries in Denmark and Germany (the European shoreline was 120 miles inland from today’s coast). Howard Lee, Ars Technica, "What happened last time it was as warm as it’s going to get later this century?," 18 June 2018 The company’s longstanding strategy of keeping its centers fresh by aggressively rotating tenants also seems well adapted to today’s volatile retail environment in the U.S., which will soon account for 22% of Unibail’s portfolio. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Why It’s Not Crazy to Buy a Mall Giant in the Age of Amazon," 8 May 2018 Surrogate mothers If the population of polar bears in the wild drops precipitously, scientists may seek help from grizzly bears, which are genetically similar to polar bears but well adapted to survive on an increasingly hot planet. NBC News, "Scientists hatch bold plan to save polar bears," 26 Feb. 2018 Sometimes, truly honoring the spirit of an adapted character requires embracing aesthetic modifications to best suit the different strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities of the new medium. Ciara Wardlow, The Hollywood Reporter, "Where 'Avengers' Should Have Embraced the Uncanny," 28 Apr. 2018 The Writers Guild awards are better Oscar precursors than most, with 13 original and 12 adapted winners matching the Oscar picks since 2000 — about two-thirds of the time. Michael Ordoña, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joaquin Phoenix in line to play the Joker in DC’s origin movie," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of adapted

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adapted

from past participle of adapt

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