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 \ -​ˌjəs-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adjustability (audio) \ noun
adjustable \ -​ˈjəs-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce adjustable (audio) \ adjective
adjustive \ -​ˈjəs-​tiv How to pronounce adjustive (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. 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

Yet whether the Musketeers can adjust to public roles remains to be seen. The Economist, "The improbable careers of Vladimir Putin’s bodyguards," 21 June 2019 Alen Smailagic, Santa Cruz Warriors power forward At 18 years old, Smailigic was the youngest player in the G League this season, and showed some upside while adjusting to the pace of the game. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "NBA draft: What mock drafts have Warriors doing at 28 and 58," 20 June 2019 But despite the challenges that come with adjusting to a new position, Riddle was thrilled to have the opportunity to further diversify his skill set. Christian Simmons, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins’ J.T. Riddle adjusts to life in the outfield," 20 June 2019 The Republican Party is culpable for not adjusting to the changing California marketplace. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: GOP needs to change its product. Californians aren’t buying it," 20 June 2019 Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal LEXINGTON – Shortly after arriving at UK as a 17-year-old still adjusting to a new country, former Wildcats basketball player Isaac Humphries started dreaming of his name in lights. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: This former Kentucky player will use his voice to support a good cause," 20 June 2019 Bonus Family: Season 3 (Netflix Original) The Swedish blended family drama continues as Martin adjusts to life with a new partner and a baby. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Netflix list for July 2019: Everything new and expiring," 19 June 2019 Morant may take a season or two to adjust to the speed of the NBA game, but his innate playmaking ability, elite athleticism and unique improvisational qualities give him a chance to be special. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Mock Draft 11.0: Latest Intel, Rumors on All 30 Teams," 19 June 2019 Jennifer Lawrence is having a hard time adjusting to new mom Amy Schumer‘s sleep schedule. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lawrence Jokes About BFF Amy Schumer's New Bedtime: 'Don't Make Me Resent the Baby'," 19 June 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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adjust

verb

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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