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 When the digital-advertising apocalypse came for print in the last decade, gutting budgets along with staffs, The World of Interiors scarcely had to adjust. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Inside The World of Interiors, Condé Nast’s Secret Weapon," 4 Dec. 2019 When my dad passed away more than a year ago, my mother had to adjust to several challenging changes all at once. Mika Brzezinski, NBC News, "Mika: How dogs brought new purpose to my mother's life," 1 Dec. 2019 Governments around the world, from allies such as Australia and South Korea to adversaries like Iran and North Korea, have had to adjust to Trump’s idiosyncratic style. BostonGlobe.com, "Many in China hope Trump will be reelected: He’s ‘easy to read’ - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019 Governments around the world, from allies such as Australia and South Korea to adversaries like Iran and North Korea, have had to adjust to Trump’s idiosyncratic style. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "China hopes Trump will be reelected: He’s easy to read," 26 Nov. 2019 Basketball adjustments Konno has had to adjust to practices and games, too. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Norika Konno left Japan to play at Louisville. Here's how she's adjusting to life in the US," 26 Nov. 2019 Anthony has had to adjust to being out of the NBA for months, learn the Blazers system and fit into the starting lineup with his new teammates in just a matter of days after signing with Portland. Tim Brown, oregonlive, "Carmelo Anthony’s son watched his father make NBA history through FaceTime call with his mother, La La," 26 Nov. 2019 The apprehension of families, even for short amounts of time, placed huge strains on the agency itself and the communities and nonprofits on both sides of the border that had to adjust to the arrival of such large numbers of migrant families. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "'Overwhelming' rise in family arrivals, dramatic drop caps busy year at the Yuma border," 4 Nov. 2019 That meant having to adjust their schedules to work around construction crews also at the Magic Kingdom doing routine maintenance projects under bright lights. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World magic: Crews work overnight to set up Mickey’s Christmas Party," 29 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

9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Adjust.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjustabilities. Accessed 14 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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