adaptation

noun
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion | \ ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce adaptation (audio) , -dəp- \

Definition of adaptation

1 : something that is adapted a new adaptation of an old recipe specifically : a composition rewritten into a new form a screen adaptation of a novel
2 : the act or process of adapting a process undergoing adaptation : the state of being adapted adaptation to changing circumstances
3 : adjustment to environmental conditions: such as
a : adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation
b : modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment : a heritable physical or behavioral trait that serves a specific function and improves an organism's fitness or survival

Other Words from adaptation

adaptational \ ˌa-​ˌdap-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce adaptation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​dəp-​ \ adjective
adaptationally adverb

Examples of adaptation in a Sentence

His stage adaptation of the novel was a success. The film is an adaptation of a book of the same title. The insect's evolutionary adaptations enable it to be almost invisible even when sitting in the middle of a leaf. a tool designed for easy adaptation
Recent Examples on the Web One of Hulu's earliest ventures into prestige television, this adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel won eight Emmys in its first season and was one of the most-talked about shows of 2017. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, 8 Aug. 2022 Alaskans must be included whenever climate policies are being formulated, and adaptation is no exception. Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 Whether that's because the source material is simply too hard to adapt or because this adaptation got it wrong is unclear. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 Anderson’s main goal in creating this adaptation was to shorten the play. Myrna Petlicki, Chicago Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 Critics who disliked the movie gave low marks to the leads and to an overall too-slick feel pervading this adaptation of writer Mark Greaney’s spy novel series of the same name. Andy Meek, BGR, 27 July 2022 Climate adaptation is the biggest challenge and opportunity for supply chains today. Afdhel Aziz, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Nevertheless, like the pre-virus world that Jade mentions, this latest adaptation suggests that any aspirations beyond branding and commerce ended a long time ago too. Brian Lowry, CNN, 14 July 2022 Jane Austen adaptation ‘Persuasion’ is a dreadful film, never to be borne. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of adaptation

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for adaptation

borrowed from French & Medieval Latin; French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin adaptātiōn-, adaptātiō, from Latin adaptāre "to adapt" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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“Adaptation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adaptation. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for adaptation

adaptation

noun
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion | \ ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce adaptation (audio) \

Kids Definition of adaptation

1 : the act or process of changing to better suit a situation
2 : a body part or feature or a behavior that helps a living thing survive and function better in its environment

adaptation

noun
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion | \ ˌad-ˌap-ˈtā-shən, -əp- How to pronounce adaptation (audio) \

Medical Definition of adaptation

1 : the act or process of adapting : the state of being adapted his ingenious adaptation of the electric cautery knife to … surgery— George Blumer
2 : adjustment to environmental conditions: as
a : adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation
b : modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment — compare adjustment sense 1b

Other Words from adaptation

adaptational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce adaptation (audio) \ adjective
adaptationally \ -​ē How to pronounce adaptation (audio) \ adverb

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