adap·​tion ə-ˈdap-shən How to pronounce adaption (audio)

Examples of adaption in a Sentence

the store's slow adaption to shoppers' changing tastes spelled its doom
Recent Examples on the Web Grande is set to star as Glinda, while Slater will play Boq, in Jon M. Chu’s film adaption of the hit Broadway musical Wicked. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2023 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s media company, Archewell Productions, bought the rights to the novel and will work with streaming giant Netflix to produce a movie adaption, Penguin Random House confirmed on Wednesday. Paige Hagy, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2023 After Aaron appeared in 2009’s Nowhere Boy — Sam’s first film as a director — the couple teamed up again, including in the film adaption of James Frey's controversial memoir A Million Little Pieces in 2018. Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 The company has in the works an adaption of the novel Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, to be directed by Chloe Zhao, and has closed a deal for the rights to the 2024 novel Assassins Anonymous by Rob Hart. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 July 2023 Succession viewers most likely recognize him from his role as Mr. Darcy in the 2005 adaption of Pride & Prejudice. Emily Krauser, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2023 But the adaption faithfully re-creates the original’s garage-band drum sound and distorted guitar riff, matching up well with the new version’s working-class lyrics. Tom Roland, Billboard, 26 July 2023 One growth adaption that promotes plant organ growth as a response to high temperatures is called thermomorphogenesis. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2023 The Unbearable Lightness of Being, published in 1984, brought Kundera international recognition, achieving mainstream popularity and even spawning a film adaption in 1988, starring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Day-Lewis. Jared Marcel Pollen, The New Republic, 12 July 2023 See More

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Word History


by contraction (perhaps conformed to adoption)

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adaption was in 1615

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“Adaption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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