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

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Recent Examples on the Web Incorporate a teaspoon of flour or water at a time to readjust the texture. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Bread Machine Mistakes You’ll Never Make Again," 29 May 2020 Instead of readjusting its content, the network changed its name. Washington Post, "Freeform finds audience with its millennial-first approach," 29 Aug. 2019 With the coronavirus pandemic, many of those revenue-making events, walks and galas have been readjusted, postponed or canceled. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Nonprofits face growing demands even as they cancel fundraisers. Here's how you can help," 24 Mar. 2020 Companies are also readjusting annual profit expectations, and economists are lowering forecasts for global growth., "Stocks surge as central banks vow to act to counter coronavirus damage," 3 Mar. 2020 Companies are also readjusting annual profit expectations, and economists are lowering forecasts for global growth. New York Times, "Stocks Surge as Central Banks Vow to Act on Coronavirus," 2 Mar. 2020 A year after Toys R Us closed, toy makers are still readjusting to the loss of shelf space. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Dairy Farmers of America agrees to buy 'substantial' part of Dean Foods for $425 million," 17 Feb. 2020 The whole Progressive Era was driven by the idea of readjusting economic disparities and promoting political activity. David M. Shribman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shribman: Once a great laboratory, Wisconsin is now a haven for the politics of resentment and revenge," 16 Apr. 2020 Campaigns are readjusting to a world without rallies, in which appeals for cash risk offending a public grappling with life-and-death dilemmas and in which the wealthiest of donors have seen billions wiped off their personal fortunes. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign ditches negative messaging as it tries to keep dollars rolling amid crisis," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of readjust

circa 1678, in the meaning defined above

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“Readjust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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 readjustment (audio) \ noun
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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