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 Still, health care providers study these reports to understand how many sick people are in the community and to adjust staffing and other resources accordingly. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus slowing in Bay Area? Experts track data to see whether shelter in place is working," 28 Mar. 2020 Until then, some recipes may be changed and orders may be slightly delayed as the company adjusts its orders and stock. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, "Before the coronavirus epidemic, they didn’t know how to cook. Now they are scrambling to learn.," 27 Mar. 2020 The restrictions from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have caused golf courses to adjust. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Despite restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic, golf is still a good outdoor activity," 27 Mar. 2020 In Kentucky, the number of workers who filed for unemployment jumped to 48,847 from 2,785 the week before, according to non-seasonally adjusted figures from the Labor Department. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky: total cases in US, unemployment, hospital cuts," 27 Mar. 2020 The concentrated, non-greasy formula claims to adjust the pH balance to help retain moisture. cleveland, "Dry, cracked hands from all the washing, antibacterial gel? Try these 16 highly-rated lotions," 27 Mar. 2020 Initial jobless claims surged to a (seasonally adjusted) 3.28 million for the week ended March 21. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Health versus Wealth Is a False Choice," 26 Mar. 2020 If your video quality is spotty, try lowering your video from HD to standard definition by adjusting the settings: Settings > Quality > Standard Definition. Anabel Pasarow, refinery29.com, "How To Use Google Hangouts While Working From Home," 26 Mar. 2020 See a sample below, and adjust the timing and activities based upon your children's needs and ages. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How to Optimize Your Space (and Prepare Your Kids) for Home-Schooling," 23 Mar. 2020

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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

31 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adjust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjust. Accessed 9 Apr. 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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