re·​ad·​just | \ˌrē-ə-ˈjəst \
readjusted; readjusting; readjusts

Definition of readjust 

: 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

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After Williams' death in 2014, Phoenix was tapped to play Callahan, who readjusts to life in a wheelchair alongside his new stewardess girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and spiritual AA sponsor (Jonah Hill). Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gus Vant Sant Opens Up on How Robin Williams Shaped 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'," 12 July 2018 Prosecutors wield influence Arizona’s justice-reform advocates, in general, push for decreasing jail and prison populations and helping those in the criminal system readjust to freedom. Megan Cassidy, azcentral, "Arizona has a huge prison population. Lawmakers take no action to change that. Why?," 8 May 2018 The injury, Manchio said, helped him readjust his mindset to succeed and make another run at the state title. Tom Ignudo,, "Seneca's Joe Manchio wants more on the mat," 3 Feb. 2018 But there’s more to readjusting to life than getting out. Martin Kuz, San Antonio Express-News, "Obama set him free. Then he landed back in prison.," 7 Jan. 2018 Seeing a disparity among certain elementary students who enter Barrington School District 220’s two middle schools, officials recently started discussing whether to readjust attendance boundaries that could mean changes for some students. Todd Shields,, "Rose Elementary students could switch middle schools as District 220 considers boundary changes," 26 June 2018 But some takes place more slowly, as the gummy rock of the deeper mantle gradually readjusts to the lighter burden. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Rising bedrock below West Antarctica could delay catastrophic ice sheet collapse," 21 June 2018 Its protagonist, Tray, would be a man not unlike Mr. Morgan, who is re-entering society after a long absence, and its story would cut back and forth in time to contrast Tray’s past deeds with his efforts to readjust in the modern day. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, "Tracy Morgan Is a Survivor. And ‘a Better Man Now.’," 14 Mar. 2018 Entrain then creates a sleep schedule—telling you when and for how long to seek light or avoid light—which is meant to readjust your circadian rhythm and sync you up with your new time zone. Carly Graf, Outside Online, "5 Sleep Apps That Actually Work," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of readjust

circa 1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of readjust was circa 1678

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re·​ad·​just | \ˌrē-ə-ˈjəst \

Medical Definition of readjust 

: to become adjusted or undergo adjustment again

Other Words from readjust

readjustment \ -​ˈjəs(t)-​mənt \ 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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