re·​ad·​just | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈjəst How to pronounce readjust (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the 26-year-old Mexican American readjusted his plans: attend law school at UCLA, practice corporate law to pull his family out of poverty and provide free legal services to disadvantaged Latinos. Los Angeles Times, "Trump’s policies, as well as anti-immigrant violence, disturbed these Latinos. Now they’re taking action," 9 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, in the present day, Randall and Beth readjust their lives with their daughters to a new life in Philadelphia for their careers. Karen Mizoguchi,, "This Is Us Season 4 Premiere: Mandy Moore Teases 'Unexpected Twists' That She 'Didn't See Coming'," 24 Sep. 2019 Page is not ready for his world title run, and the incoming competition from NXT forced AEW to readjust and run with Jericho as their inaugural champ. Justin Barrasso,, "Chris Jericho Becomes All Elite Wrestling's First-Ever World Champion: All Out Takeaways," 1 Sep. 2019 Catherine Keener stars as Heidi, a caseworker at a military facility whose ostensible purpose is to help veterans readjust to civilian life. New York Times, "6 Podcasts for the Drama Lover," 15 Aug. 2019 Miller said one had to imagine a line that keeps moving where the workers on each side of the line had to suddenly drop all their tooling for one type of car and readjust for the Edsel. Annie Gentile,, "Car And Bike Show A Good Time For A Worthy Cause," 5 Sep. 2019 The year off gave Gant time to readjust his mindset on the court and develop the confidence that had been drained by his time in Missouri. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "JaKeenan Gant hopes to showcase talent with Pacers after up and down college career," 4 July 2019 The Board of Commissioners received an update on the funding woes and is expected to vote Thursday on how to readjust the county’s budget to absorb the loss., "Multnomah County officials sound alarm on inadequate state funding for jail deputies, probation officers," 27 Aug. 2019 While Piper struggles to readjust to life on the outside, Taystee’s friendship with Cindy still hangs in the balance as her sentence looms. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "TV this week: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ ends its storied run," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of readjust

circa 1678, in the meaning defined above

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18 Nov 2019

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“Readjust.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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How to pronounce readjust (audio)

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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