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 Add one extra walk each day for at least a week to give your dog’s body time to adjust to the new routine and build more stamina. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Is your dog getting too much exercise as you stay at home amid coronavirus?," 1 May 2020 Even if the economy begins to reopen in May, consumer behavior may take a long time to adjust. Los Angeles Times, "To win back business, try a little tenderness," 27 Apr. 2020 Residents of other nations are also adjusting (the day is celebrated in France as Victoire, in Slovakia as Victory Over Fascism Day, and in Norway as Liberation Day). National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 27 Apr. 2020 Many rookies, particularly wide receivers, take time to adjust to the NFL. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Will 49ers’ 1st-round picks be able to fill significant gaps on the roster?," 26 Apr. 2020 Just like the rest of us, the royal family is adjusting to this new normal amid the novel coronavirus crisis. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Helps to Cook Meals for NHS Workers," 16 Apr. 2020 Our first step at Milk Street was to adjust ingredients. TheWeek, "How Oaxacan refried beans steal the show," 12 Apr. 2020 Across the country, aspiring educators nearing the end of their coursework have had to adjust their plans after 43 states and the District of Columbia closed schools through the end of the year to slow the spread of Covid-19. Dakin Andone, CNN, "The next generation of teachers grapples with uncertainty as coronavirus shuts schools," 3 May 2020 Echo could throw a wrench in the gears and Dallas will have to ultimately adjust. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Preview, prediction and player to watch: Dallas Fuel can take advantage of Justice rematch," 1 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adjust.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adjust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjust. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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