re·​ad·​just | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈjəst How to pronounce readjust (audio) \
readjusted; readjusting; readjusts

Definition of readjust

transitive + intransitive

: to adjust (something or oneself) again On three samples we bought, the running belt wouldn't maintain the proper tension, so we had to readjust it every few hours …Consumer Reports … got lower cost-of-living increases after Congress readjusted Social Security benefits in 1977.— Margot Hornblower She straightened her scarlet hat and readjusted her veil unsteadily.— Lucy Maud Montgomery … a young man may be excused for feeling a little dizzy when he is called upon suddenly and without any warning to readjust all his preconceived views on any subject.— P. G. Wodehouse Postparental couples … must readjust their whole way of life and their relationship to each other after the children leave home.— M. Riley and J. Waring He stared about the room, collecting his thoughts, readjusting himself for the day's work.— Frank Norris readjusting to life after losing his job as an advertising suit in the UK.— Amanda Ducker "Once you have developed singing skills as a child, they tend to stay with you, particularly for girls," [Graham] Welch says. Unlike boys, girls don't have to readjust to a dramatically lower voice during adolescence.— Bruce Bower

Examples of readjust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web School districts are now working to readjust their curriculums in an order to address learning loss experienced during the pandemic. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 11 June 2021 A few years into his career he was assigned to an infantry battalion just back from Afghanistan that had no chaplain, and checked in each week with a long list of soldiers struggling to readjust. New York Times, 4 June 2021 The return of American travel, and whether the industry can readjust to pre-pandemic levels, comes as daily infection numbers in the country are at their lowest since March 25, 2020, according to a Washington Post database. Author: Timothy Bella, Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2021 He's seen veterans in his hunting clubs sometimes struggling to readjust after coming home from war. Mallory Simon, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 The return of American travel, and whether the industry can readjust to pre-pandemic levels, comes as daily infection numbers in the country are at their lowest since March 25, 2020, according to a Washington Post database. Washington Post, 30 May 2021 The second season comes just as the city starts to reopen, and what better way to readjust to post-vaccine summer than by watching whatever chaos the Betty girls get into this time around. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 26 May 2021 Then came the roster moves in the middle of the season and the team had to readjust its path. Roy Parry,, 19 May 2021 Diners are returning in droves, and every part of the restaurant force is having to readjust as operations drift back to something like normal — and the struggles go beyond staffing shortages. Adam Lukach,, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of readjust

circa 1678, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of readjust

: to change in order to work or do better in a new situation : to get used to a new situation or change
: to change or move the position of (something) slightly
re·​ad·​just | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈjəst How to pronounce readjust (audio) \

Medical Definition of readjust

: to become adjusted or undergo adjustment again

Other Words from readjust

readjustment \ -​ˈjəs(t)-​mənt How to pronounce readjust (audio) \ noun


transitive verb
re·​ad·​just | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈjəst \

Legal Definition of readjust

: to adjust again especially : to voluntarily reorganize (a corporation)

intransitive verb

: to become readjusted

Other Words from readjust

readjustment noun

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