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 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 When that goal is reached, state officials will readjust tier assignments the next day, and the new tiers will take effect the day after, according to the California Department of Public Health. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sonoma County poised to move into the red tier for the first time in the pandemic," 12 Mar. 2021 But companies will readjust their staffing levels as sales decline, said Michael Baker, analyst at D.A. Davidson. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "One group that won't entirely benefit from going 'back to normal': Grocery stores," 4 Mar. 2021 In this chaotic scenario when academics had to readjust to the virtual modes of teaching, Zoom offered a way out to both teachers and students. Rauf Arif, Forbes, "In The Post COVID-19 World, Zoom Is Here To Stay.," 26 Feb. 2021 That group would then spend up to two years to comprehensively review the value and readjust it. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Biden following through on promises to the left in first week," 22 Jan. 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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