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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Recent Examples on the Web The state banned Uber’s program after the Tempe crash, but hasn’t adjusted its very light regulatory regime, which asks simply that test vehicles have standard registrations. Wired, "Feds Pin Uber Crash on Human Operator, Call for Better Rules," 19 Nov. 2019 But that doesn't mean that opponents won't adjust, attempt to put the Heat's other big men through the defensive ringer when Bam Adebayo goes out. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is Heat’s frontcourt versatile enough?," 16 Nov. 2019 Those in the region’s bottom quarter of the workforce also saw their wages decline by 4 percent between 2007 and 2017, when adjusted for inflation. James Pilcher, Cincinnati.com, "Region's nonprofits spend $500,000,000+ a year to fight poverty. Is it helping?," 13 Nov. 2019 But because the show's online competition was so controversial, NBC adjusted the rules and introduced the Wildcard Instant Save instead. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "What to Know About Hello Sunday, the Teen Duo Who Just Made History on 'The Voice'," 13 Nov. 2019 For example, how did Lucas’s galaxy far, far away adjust to the destruction of the Empire, and what caused the villainous First Order to spring up in its place? David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Mandalorian Is a Flashy but Flimsy Star Wars Story," 12 Nov. 2019 While things have calmed down, travelers should still adjust their expectations and go online or speak to their hotel’s concierge to find out what is open for visitors in the city that day. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the Protests in Santiago, Chile, Are Impacting Travelers," 28 Oct. 2019 Do not adjust your color settings: The view from Koya Pond in the port city of Niigata, Japan really IS this bright and beautiful. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A football therapy dog, a crafty labor of love and some really cool action figures," 26 Oct. 2019 Medical school training, however, has not adjusted much. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Should we be testing doctors for empathy?," 24 Oct. 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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The first known use of adjust was in 1611

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Last Updated

25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Adjust.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjust. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for adjust

adjust

verb
How to pronounce adjust (audio)

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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