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

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 More than 18,000 people have signed a petition asking Disney executives to readjust the new policy. Kat Tenbarge, NBC News, 14 June 2024 For example, the slightly larger (and admittedly, uglier) oyster toadfish soared on NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia in the late 1990s, so that scientists could watch their brains readjust to Earth’s gravity upon their return. Briley Lewis, Popular Science, 5 June 2024 Terry was living in a halfway house in San Francisco at the time, readjusting to life after prison. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 30 May 2024 Padalecki plays Cordell Walker, who at the series’ outset has to readjust to life at home after a long stint undercover. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for readjust 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of readjust was circa 1678

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“Readjust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


intransitive verb
re·​ad·​just ˌrē-ə-ˈjəst How to pronounce readjust (audio)
: to become adjusted or undergo adjustment again
readjustment noun

Legal Definition


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

intransitive verb

: to become readjusted
readjustment noun

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