adjust

verb
ad·​just | \ ə-ˈjəst How to pronounce adjust (audio) \
adjusted; adjusting; adjusts

Definition of adjust

transitive verb

1a : to bring to a more satisfactory state:
(1) : settle, resolve ways of adjusting conflicts
(2) : rectify adjust an error
b : to make correspondent or conformable : adapt had to adjust our approach
c : to bring the parts of to a true or more effective relative position adjust a carburetor
2 : to reduce to a system : regulate
3 : to determine the amount to be paid under an insurance policy in settlement of (a loss)

intransitive verb

1 : to adapt or conform oneself (as to new conditions) adjust to the new regulations Our eyes gradually adjusted to the darkness.
2 : to achieve mental and behavioral balance between one's own needs and the demands of others

Other Words from adjust

adjustability \ ə-​ˌjə-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adjust (audio) \ noun
adjustable \ ə-​ˈjə-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce adjust (audio) \ adjective
adjustive \ ə-​ˈjə-​stiv How to pronounce adjust (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for adjust

adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances. adapted themselves to the warmer climate adjust suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism. adjusted the budget to allow for inflation accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence. businesses accommodating themselves to the new political reality conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle. refused to conform to society's values reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible. tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew

Examples of adjust in a Sentence

The car is easier to drive since the clutch was adjusted. I adjusted the volume on the radio. She adjusted the car seat so she could reach the pedals. Going to a new school can be difficult, but the kids will eventually adjust. It's hard to adjust myself to the idea that she's gone. He makes less money now, when you adjust for inflation, than he did 10 years ago.
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Recent Examples on the Web State labor officials do not seasonally adjust jobless rates for individual counties. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2021 The Echo Glow is technically a smart night-light, but its features don't go beyond the ability to switch between colors and adjust brightness, with controls via the Alexa companion app. Brenda Stolyar, Wired, 19 Nov. 2021 Shane’s mother Therese, a charismatic and attractive woman once pursued by the Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh, could not adjust to the urban grind and suffered a nervous breakdown. Caine O'rear, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2021 Employers can, however, adjust their routines and procedures to accommodate this, says law firm Fisher & Phillips. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2021 These settings adjust features such as throttle response, steering feedback, and the tuning of Mazda's G-vectoring control system. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 15 Nov. 2021 So, how should senior leaders adjust their decision-making to thrive today? Jeff Rosenthal, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Prices of some products and services adjust swiftly, while others take months. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 13 Nov. 2021 On Monday, edge rusher Joey Bosa questioned why the Chargers didn’t adjust in-game against New England to try to pressure rookie quarterback Mac Jones more. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of adjust

1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for adjust

borrowed from French ajuster (earlier and Middle French also spelled adjuster), going back to Old French ajouster "to make comply with," from a- (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + -jouster, verbal derivative of juste "right, exact" — more at just entry 1

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More Definitions for adjust

adjust

verb

English Language Learners Definition of adjust

: to change (something) in a minor way so that it works better
: to change the position of (something)
: to change in order to work or do better in a new situation

adjust

verb
ad·​just | \ ə-ˈjəst How to pronounce adjust (audio) \
adjusted; adjusting

Kids Definition of adjust

1 : to change (something) in a minor way to make it work better
2 : to change the position of (something) He adjusted his glasses.
3 : to become used to He adjusted to a new school.

adjust

transitive verb
ad·​just | \ ə-ˈjəst How to pronounce adjust (audio) \

Medical Definition of adjust

: to bring about orientation or adaptation of (oneself)

intransitive verb

1 : to adapt oneself (as to climate, food, or new working hours)
2 : to achieve mental and behavioral balance between one's own needs and the demands of others

Other Words from adjust

adjustability \ -​ˌjəs-​tə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce adjust (audio) \ noun, plural adjustabilities
adjustable \ -​ˈjəs-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce adjust (audio) \ adjective
adjustive \ -​ˈjəs-​tiv How to pronounce adjust (audio) \ adjective

adjust

transitive verb
ad·​just

Legal Definition of adjust

1a : to determine the amount to be paid under an insurance policy in settlement of (a loss)
b : to make new arrangements with creditors for the payment of (the debts of a debtor in bankruptcy)
2 : to calculate in accordance with a system adjusting the basis

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