adjust

verb
ad·​just | \ ə-ˈjəst How to pronounce adjust (audio) \
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 \ ə-​ˌjə-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adjustability (audio) \ noun
adjustable \ ə-​ˈjə-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce adjustable (audio) \ adjective
adjustive \ ə-​ˈjə-​stiv How to pronounce adjustive (audio) \ 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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Military scientists adjusted temperatures, wind velocity, and treadmill speed to assess their effects on volunteer test subjects. Rachel S. Gross, The Atlantic, "The Military Origins of Layering," 15 Sep. 2019 If polish sinks to bottom of water, adjust your water temperature. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Polished Pumpkin," 9 Sep. 2019 Some have occupied several positions at once or adjusted their plans to be more mainstream. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "Medicare-for-All Is Not Medicare, and Not Really for All. So What Does It Actually Mean?," 6 Sep. 2019 Participants in Jackson Hole mentioned the work of Gita Gopinath of the IMF, which showed that the dollar’s dominance in trade invoicing may mean economies cannot adjust to external shocks by as much as traditional models suggest. The Economist, "A meeting of economists and central bankers was overshadowed by President Donald Trump," 27 Aug. 2019 Back then, the valley was adjusting to electricity, which it had just acquired for the first time. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 But that’s no guarantee of privacy. Dementia or lack of familiarity with technology may mean roommates cannot adjust cameras to protect their privacy. Karen Levy, The Conversation, "Webcams in nursing home rooms may deter elder abuse – but are they ethical?," 24 July 2019 Despite being the newbie on campus, Charlotte likely won't have any problems adjusting to the new environment. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Arrive for Their First Day of School," 5 Sep. 2019 Vertical treatment’ San Francisco General Hospital has adjusted a controversial policy at the psychiatric emergency room intended to keep patients awake and shorten their visits so the unit could keep up with its overwhelming demand. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: CSU does the math — and wants students to take more of it," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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adjust

verb

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

adjust

verb
ad·​just | \ ə-ˈjəst How to pronounce adjust (audio) \
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 How to pronounce adjust (audio) \

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 How to pronounce adjustability (audio) \ noun, plural adjustabilities
adjustable \ -​ˈjəs-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce adjustable (audio) \ adjective
adjustive \ -​ˈjəs-​tiv How to pronounce adjustive (audio) \ 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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