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

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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

Balaji adjusted his thick-rimmed glasses and scrutinized the wall of books. Abhijith Ravinutala, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Definition(s)," 20 July 2019 The average flight out of DFW airport costs $19.53 more than a year ago, adjusted for inflation, and $44.16 more than the third quarter of 2016. Dallas News, "DFW, Love Field airfares are climbing, even as prices fall across the country," 18 July 2019 In a recent release, PBOT said the project will adjust the location of the pedestrian refuge island on the north side of the intersection and will create a new pedestrian refuge island at the south side. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Monday traffic: Road work at NW 23rd and Vaughn slows daytime traffic," 15 July 2019 Few state universities, social service networks or public media systems have had to adjust so quickly to such sharp declines in state support. Paola Banchero, The Conversation, "In divided Alaska, the choice is between paying for government or giving residents bigger oil wealth check," 15 July 2019 The team also had to adjust to the absence of Nani, who was sidelined due to food poisoning. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Young players shine during Orlando City’s 1-0 victory over Columbus," 15 July 2019 Over the past several years, the Discovery stars have supported each other through Ami's cancer battle, adjusted to a new life in Washington, and struggled to deal with Matt's addiction issues. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Rain Brown Shared an Emotional Message About ‘Giving Up’," 14 July 2019 Spending increased a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in April from March. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: Tech giants aim not to repeat Microsoft’s antitrust mistakes," 24 June 2019 Evans has adjusted her staff and hired hitting coach Craig Snider from Florida State. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "A sport-by-sport checklist as Bjork settles in at A&M," 11 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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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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