adjust

verb
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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After adjusting for the fresh inflation data, average hourly earnings increased 0.2% in January from the prior month after rising 0.4% in December and 0.3% in November. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Energy Prices Hold Down Overall U.S. Inflation," 13 Feb. 2019 The controls are also at the front, so no leaning over hot burners to adjust the temperature. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Ovens and Stoves," 11 Feb. 2019 Besides reconsidering your drinking and dusting off your work-out gear, the new year is a fresh opportunity to adjust your home. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "11 Simple Home Updates to Make This Year," 7 Jan. 2019 That’s down 10 cents from November 2017 and the cheapest since 2008, after adjusting for inflation, Lusk said in an emailed report this month. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Turkey prices are lowest in a decade, but not for the kinds Washington farmers raise. Those are soaring.," 22 Nov. 2018 Tune in to see how Kate and Toby are adjusting to married life, plus the next chapter of the flashbacks following Jack's death. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All Your Favorite TV Shows Are Coming Back This Week," 23 Sep. 2018 After adjusting for changes in exchange rates, Citi’s loans grew 5 percent in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, the bank noted in its earnings release. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn’t Keep Pace," 13 July 2018 After adjusting for inflation, the Labor Department reported last month that wages have essentially been flat for the past year. Josh Boak, BostonGlobe.com, "US economy added 213,000 jobs in June," 6 July 2018 That sensor had been tested to the pilot's satisfaction, says Boeing; but on the 28th, pilots still had problems and adjusted—and landed safely—by going to manual trim. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lion Air Black Box Shows Pilots Tried to Fight Automatic Controls," 28 Nov. 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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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 \
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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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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