ad·just | \ ə-ˈjəst \
adjusted; adjusting; adjusts

Definition of adjust 

transitive verb

1a : to bring to a more satisfactory state:

(1) : settle, resolve ways of adjusting conflicts

(2) : rectify adjust an error

b : to make correspondent or conformable : adapt had to adjust our approach

c : to bring the parts of to a true or more effective relative position adjust a carburetor

2 : to reduce to a system : regulate

3 : to determine the amount to be paid under an insurance policy in settlement of (a loss)

intransitive verb

1 : to adapt or conform oneself (as to new conditions) adjust to the new regulations Our eyes gradually adjusted to the darkness.

2 : to achieve mental and behavioral balance between one's own needs and the demands of others

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Other words from adjust

adjustability \-ˌjəs-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
adjustable \-ˈjəs-tə-bəl \ adjective
adjustive \-ˈjəs-tiv \ adjective

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adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances. adapted themselves to the warmer climate adjust suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism. adjusted the budget to allow for inflation accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence. accommodated his political beliefs in order to win conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle. refused to conform to society's values reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible. tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew

Examples of adjust in a Sentence

The car is easier to drive since the clutch was adjusted. I adjusted the volume on the radio. She adjusted the car seat so she could reach the pedals. Going to a new school can be difficult, but the kids will eventually adjust. It's hard to adjust myself to the idea that she's gone. He makes less money now, when you adjust for inflation, than he did 10 years ago.
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Pepsi’s beverage sales are still struggling as the company tries to adjust to Americans’ changing drinking habits. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "US stocks climb again as Pepsi leads household goods rally," 10 July 2018 In those questions and answers came the sense that the village is trying to make the deal a little sweeter by mildly adjusting certain costs in the fledgling agreement. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Bend is still interested in contracting for fire and rescue services. But is it worth it?," 6 July 2018 Neither are the technological choices in adjusting to the new rules easy, says Stephen Gordon of Clarksons, a shipbroker. The Economist, "A wave of new environmental laws is scaring shipowners," 21 June 2018 The digital interface, which changes the grill temperature by adjusting how quickly the pellets are fed into the fire pit, makes cooking virtually foolproof. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Traeger Goes Mini with New Portable Grills," 19 June 2018 Feek also spoke about the challenges of adjusting to life as a single father. Jordan Runtagh,, "Rory Feek Says He's Still 'In Love' with Late Wife Joey More Than 2 Years After Her Death," 18 June 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 1:20 Miami Dolphins Quentin Poling on adjusting to the NFL Advertisement Miami Dolphins linebacker Quentin Poling speaks during press conference after practice at Dolphins training camp in Davie. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "What we should — or shouldn't — conclude from Landry's latest swipe at Tannehill," 13 June 2018 Lowery isn’t worried about how Schoen will adjust to life at the ACC school. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "Former K-State basketball player, Blue Valley Northwest grad launches coaching career," 13 June 2018 Part of Davis' suspension will be about Thompson adjusting on the field. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Dealing with Thomas Davis’ suspension? Panthers LB Shaq Thompson has a plan," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of adjust

1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for adjust

borrowed from French ajuster (earlier and Middle French also spelled adjuster), going back to Old French ajouster "to make comply with," from a- (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + -jouster, verbal derivative of juste "right, exact" — more at just entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of adjust

: to change (something) in a minor way so that it works better

: to change the position of (something)

: to change in order to work or do better in a new situation


ad·just | \ ə-ˈjəst \
adjusted; adjusting

Kids Definition of adjust

1 : to change (something) in a minor way to make it work better

2 : to change the position of (something) He adjusted his glasses.

3 : to become used to He adjusted to a new school.

ad·just | \ ə-ˈjəst \

Medical Definition of adjust 

: to bring about orientation or adaptation of (oneself)

intransitive verb

1 : to adapt oneself (as to climate, food, or new working hours)

2 : to achieve mental and behavioral balance between one's own needs and the demands of others

Other words from adjust

adjustability \-ˌjəs-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē \ noun plural adjustabilities
adjustable \-ˈjəs-tə-bəl \ adjective
adjustive \-ˈjəs-tiv \ adjective

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Legal Definition of adjust 

1a : to determine the amount to be paid under an insurance policy in settlement of (a loss)

b : to make new arrangements with creditors for the payment of (the debts of a debtor in bankruptcy)

2 : to calculate in accordance with a system adjusting the basis

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