Definition of adjust
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)
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
adjustabilityplay \-ˌjəs-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
adjustableplay \-ˈjəs-tə-bəl\ adjective
adjustiveplay \-ˈjəs-tiv\ adjective
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.
Origin and Etymology of adjust
Middle English ajusten, from Old French ajuster to make conform, from a- (from Latin ad-) + juste right, exact — more at just
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of adjust
ADJUST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adjust for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of adjust for Students
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.>
Medical Definition of adjust
: to bring about orientation or adaptation of (oneself)
intransitive verb: 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
adjustability\-ˌjəs-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural
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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