adap·​tion | \ ə-ˈdap-shən How to pronounce adaption (audio) , a- \

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Examples of adaption in a Sentence

the store's slow adaption to shoppers' changing tastes spelled its doom
Recent Examples on the Web Chu's film adaption will feature actual residents of Washington Heights, where the majority of the movie was shot. Allison Crist, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lin-Manuel Miranda on "Gratifying" Experience of Filming 'In the Heights' Movie in Washington Heights," 8 Nov. 2019 Samuel provided an emotional crescendo in Call Me By Your Name (as well as the film adaption) with his monologue expressing total acceptance of his son’s love for another man. Rich Juzwiak, Time, "Call Me By Your Name Sequel," 25 Oct. 2019 For these reasons, many environmental ethicists hold, wealthy high-emitting countries should lead the way on mitigation and finance international climate adaption. Marion Hourdequin, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Youth climate movement puts ethics at the center of the global debate," 20 Sep. 2019 Singh, who is also an actress and played the role of Raven in HBO’s adaption of Fahrenheit 451, has always been transparent with her 14.5 million subscribers, opening up about her personal life and past struggles. Christina Dugan,, "Youtuber Lilly Singh Apologizes for 'Disrespectful' Turban Joke She Made at Jessica Alba's Home," 27 Sep. 2019 The crossover episodes see heroes from the network's ever-growing list of comic book adaptions banding together to save the world. Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "Tom Welling to reprise 'Smallville' role for CW's 'Arrowverse' crossovers," 19 Sep. 2019 In the mid-1920s, Lillian Gish gathered a team — producer Irvin Thalberg, actor Lars Hanson, director Victor Sjöström — to make this adaption of Dorothy Scarborough’s novel. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Banderas, Zellweger, Scorsese, even Bill Gates — the 2019 Telluride Film Fest line-up is oh-so star-studded," 29 Aug. 2019 The big-screen adaption of the TV show hits theaters on Friday, and just weeks later, the PBS drama’s iconic filming location will be available to rent on Airbnb for one night only. Hanna Flanagan,, "Live Like a Crawley! You Can Now Book the Downton Abbey Castle on Airbnb," 17 Sep. 2019 According to de Santana, the species' stronger voltage may be an adaption to the poor conductivity of the water. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Newly identified electric eel is the most powerful ever found, say scientists," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of adaption

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adaption

by contraction (perhaps conformed to adoption)

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The first known use of adaption was in 1615

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Adaption.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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