adjust

verb ad·just \ ə-ˈjəst \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of adjust

transitive verb
1 a :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

adjustability

play \-ˌjəs-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

adjustable

play \-ˈjəs-tə-bəl\ adjective

adjustive

play \-ˈjəs-tiv\ adjective

Examples of adjust in a Sentence

  1. The car is easier to drive since the clutch was adjusted.

  2. I adjusted the volume on the radio.

  3. She adjusted the car seat so she could reach the pedals.

  4. Going to a new school can be difficult, but the kids will eventually adjust.

  5. It's hard to adjust myself to the idea that she's gone.

  6. He makes less money now, when you adjust for inflation, than he did 10 years ago.

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1just

Synonym Discussion of 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

ADJUST Defined for English Language Learners

adjust

verb

Definition of adjust for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

adjust

verb ad·just \ ə-ˈjəst \

Definition of adjust for Students

adjusted; adjusting
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.

Medical Dictionary

adjust

transitive verb 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

adjustability

play \-ˌjəs-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun plural adjustabilities

adjustable

play \-ˈjəs-tə-bəl\ adjective

adjustive

play \-ˈjəs-tiv\ adjective

Law Dictionary

adjust

transitive verb ad·just

legal Definition of adjust

1 a :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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