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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Sears’ management realized the trend was moving toward small and niche, and adjusted its retail footprint accordingly. Brandon Spoerhase, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage malls are going through an identity crisis. Here’s why that might be good thing.," 7 June 2019 The Jaguars return, mostly intact, an offensive line that ranked 21st in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards last year. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football: Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurley Among Early 2019 Potential Busts," 7 June 2019 The hack worked, unlocking a world free of the constant blood sugar monitoring and insulin adjusting that became routine for the 26-year-old with Type 1 diabetes. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Hacking diabetes: People break into insulin pumps as an alternative to costly innovations," 5 June 2019 On Tuesday City Council members voted 7-0 to approve the new lease agreement, which establishes an annual rent payment of $3,597.50 that will be adjusted upward each year based on the Consumer Price Index. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Timken Museum lease agreement sets precedent for Balboa Park institutions," 4 June 2019 Executives said that the Performance Maximizer will simply adjust voltage and clock speeds. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel teases 'Performance Maximizer' one-click overclocking tool, with insurance to back it up," 29 May 2019 There was no leaning forward and pounding the touchscreen to try to change channels or adjust the volume. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like To Fly Business Class With Emirates," 21 May 2019 Test bite and adjust with drilling 9 Rinse and be happy - look in mirror Time for this upper front teeth enhancement? Sarah Solomon, Town & Country, "Martha Stewart Slammed Uber on Instagram Last Year. Now They've Made Up.," 15 May 2019 The combo of the over-the-ear style and the different-sized inserts made constant fidgeting and adjusting unnecessary. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "These $15 Koss Fit Clips Workout Headphones Are Surprisingly Amazing," 8 May 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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More Definitions for adjust

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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