adap·​tion | \ə-ˈdap-shən, a-\

Definition of adaption 

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Examples of adaption in a Sentence

the store's slow adaption to shoppers' changing tastes spelled its doom

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There’s also his portrayal of Egyptian band leader Tewfiq in The Band’s Visit, the highly acclaimed stage adaption of the 2007 Israeli film. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "I Simply Love Tony Shalhoub," 19 June 2018 Other adaptions of the Scottish queen’s life include a highly inaccurate CW show titled Reign, which touched upon the relationship between Elizabeth and Mary in the later seasons. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Mary Queen of Scots," 12 July 2018 Fans on Twitter have been expressing their disappointment over how the movie adaptions of the book were handled. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Percy Jackson" Fans Want Another Movie or TV Adaptation for the Series," 27 June 2018 The singer, who once claimed *High School Musical* as an inspiration, will star in the Disney adaption of the Jerry Spinelli book Stargirl, Deadline has reported. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Grace VanderWaal Will Play Stargirl in New Movie Adaptation of Jerry Spinelli's Novel," 5 June 2018 The musical adaption of the smash 2004 comedy opened April 8 at the August Wilson Theatre; Tina Fey wrote the book, her 30 Rock collaborator Jeff Richmond wrote the music, and Broadway vet Nell Benjamin provided the lyrics. Jeff Nelson,, "First Listen: Stream the Full Mean Girls Broadway Musical Cast Recording," 17 May 2018 With video, mobile adaption is rising very quickly and new content types are emerging. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker at Code 2018," 31 May 2018 And there were a couple of special guests in the audience: Allison Janney, who played Harding's mother in the recent movie adaption of her life, I, Tonya, and Mckenna Grace, who played a younger Harding in the movie. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "Tonya Harding Broke Down Crying on “Dancing With the Stars” Last Night," 1 May 2018 Under ratcheting pressure from the Coastal Commission, Del Mar, for example, has agreed to pay lip service to the idea of retreat, mentioning it in a sea-level rise adaption plan required by the state. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "Will rising seas eventually devour California's beachfront homes?," 29 Apr. 2018

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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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