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

Other Words from adjust

adjustability \ ə-​ˌjə-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adjust (audio) \ noun
adjustable \ ə-​ˈjə-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce adjust (audio) \ adjective
adjustive \ ə-​ˈjə-​stiv How to pronounce adjust (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for adjust

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. businesses accommodating themselves to the new political reality 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Even two years later, Steve Grigorian, who has been the club’s president and CEO since 2017, is pondering how the DEC will need to adjust to reflect what's likely to be a long lasting change in how and where thousands of people work. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2022 Despite Friday's gains, markets have been slumping as investors adjust to the highest inflation in four decades and the higher interest rates the Federal Reserve is using to fight it. Damian J. Troise, ajc, 13 May 2022 That's where Overland comes in, and can adjust her workouts to rest one area while strengthening another. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 13 May 2022 Zoho has included analytics dashboards that can pull from other LOBs or third-party solutions so that marketing teams can adjust projects for better revenue growth. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 13 May 2022 One especially unique feature is the waffle maker’s ability to adjust the cook time based on the temperature of the plates. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 Despite Friday's gains, markets have been slumping as investors adjust to the highest inflation in four decades and the higher interest rates the Federal Reserve is using to fight it. Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 The risk, some economists said, is that the Fed and other central banks that are implementing similar anti-inflation policies may adjust too slowly to a complex and fast-changing global landscape. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Screw on the lid and shake vigorously, taste and adjust heat and acidity. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjust. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for adjust

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.

adjust

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

adjust

transitive verb
ad·​just

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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