ad·just | \ə-ˈjəst \
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 \ noun
adjustable \-ˈjəs-tə-bəl \ adjective
adjustive \-ˈjəs-tiv \ 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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Testers liked the fit of Thule’s Capstone 50L ($200), which can be adjusted on the go while on your back, as well as its confidence-inspiring thick nylon fabrics and quality zippers. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 In Germany, Japan, Portugal and Sweden pension levels are adjusted according to the ratios of workers to non-workers. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 The budget authority for national defense was larger in nominal dollars, which are not adjusted for inflation, in 2010 ($721 billion) and in 2011 ($717 billion). Eugene Kiely, USA TODAY, "Fact check: President Trump’s defense spending exaggerations," 12 July 2018 Be sure sprinklers are properly adjusted and functioning properly. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 That's a stat which measures a player's total offensive value and is adjusted for league and park effects. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "By the numbers: The all-star candidacy of Jesus Aguilar (and why he should totally make the NL team)," 9 July 2018 Tucker said the exact size and placement of the green area could be adjusted. Staff Report,, "Development firm submits application for Purple Hotel redevelopment project," 9 July 2018 Under such circumstances, they are supposed to contact Covered California, and their tax credits are to be adjusted accordingly. Catherine Ho,, "Affordable Care Act’s unexpected side effect: an IOU to the IRS," 8 July 2018 Since 2010, Haiti has lost nearly $770,750,000 in revenues by its refusal to abide by a 1995 decree calling for fuel prices to be adjusted with every shipment of fuel in the country. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti has put a fuel hike on hold. But is it enough to save the prime minister's job?," 7 July 2018

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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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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


ad·just | \ə-ˈjəst \
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 \

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 \ noun plural adjustabilities
adjustable \-ˈjəs-tə-bəl \ adjective
adjustive \-ˈjəs-tiv \ 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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