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 When Butch Hobson made 43 errors at third base in ’78, famously having to sometimes readjust the bone chips in his elbow before throwing across the diamond, his fielding percentage was .899., "Nine thoughts on the new-look Red Sox ahead of Opening Day," 30 Mar. 2021 Rechler hopes her children will be able to readjust when life returns to normal. ABC News, "What experts have learned about effects of screen time in COVID-19 isolation," 19 Mar. 2021 Having to constantly readjust my position, or think about my knees falling off the pillow’s sides, became more of a hindrance than a help. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "How a Meditation Cushion Changed One Editor’s Morning Routine," 19 Feb. 2021 Seeking to reconstruct the past may be easier than having to readjust your worldview to account for changes in conditions. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Rush Limbaugh and the Nineties Roots of “Cancel Culture”," 19 Feb. 2021 From personal relationships to business frameworks, we’ve been forced to rethink, reset and readjust. Jessica Wong, Forbes, "How To Succeed At E-Commerce During A Pandemic," 19 Apr. 2021 The marine, Riley (played by Parker Young), is still struggling to readjust to life back home. cleveland, "Did ‘United States of Al’ deserve all that criticism? New series from ‘Big Bang Theory’ creator premieres on CBS," 1 Apr. 2021 State leaders review and readjust the allocations every three weeks. Angelica Lavito,, "One state’s focus on data helps shrink its racial vaccine gap," 6 Mar. 2021 Beyond grappling with Captain America's legacy, Sam is to readjust to the world after the Blip and make amends for failures in his past. Chancellor Agard,, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," 19 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'readjust.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of readjust

circa 1678, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about readjust

Time Traveler for readjust

Time Traveler

The first known use of readjust was circa 1678

See more words from the same year

Statistics for readjust

Last Updated

8 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Readjust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for readjust



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

More from Merriam-Webster on readjust

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for readjust

Nglish: Translation of readjust for Spanish Speakers

Comments on readjust

What made you want to look up readjust? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!