Verb adapt Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


adapt (third-person singular simple present adapts, present participle adapting, simple past and past participle adapted)

  1. (transitive) To make suitable; to make to correspond; to fit or suit; to proportion.
  2. (transitive) To fit by alteration; to modify or remodel for a different purpose; to adjust
  3. (transitive) To make by altering or fitting something else; to produce by change of form or character
  4. (intransitive) To change oneself so as to be adapted.

More definition: make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly, They adapted themselves to the change quickly. He adapted the novel for movies. adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc., to adapt easily to all circumstances.

1. (often foll by to) to adjust (someone or something, esp oneself) to different conditions, a new environment, etc

2. (transitive) to fit, change, or modify to suit a new or different purpose, to adapt a play for use in schools Derived Formsadaptable, adjectiveadaptability, adaptableness, nounadaptive, adjective Word OriginC17, from Latin adaptāre, from ad- to + aptāre to fit, from aptusaptCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 15c. (implied in adapted) "to fit (something, for some purpose)," from Middle French adapter (14c.), from Latin adaptare "adjust," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + aptare "join," from aptus "fitted" (see apt). Meaning "to undergo modification so as to fit new circumstances" (intransitive) is from 195

6. Related, Adapting.


She took a moment to adapt to the new glimmers of energy in the room before changing into warmer clothes and her heavy coat.

He needed to adapt his strategies when dealing with her.

"If you want to stay alive, you better learn to adapt," Elise advised.

The amount of slack varies in different cases between 3 and Do per cent., but some is always allowed, so that the cable may easily adapt itself to inequalities of the bottom and may be more readily lifted for repairs.

- In laboratory practice use is made of a fairly constant type of apparatus, only trifling modifications being generally necessary to adapt the apparatus for any distillation or fractionation; in technology, on the other hand, many questions have to be considered which generally demand the adoption of special constructions for the economic distillation of different substances.

In general, however, Protestant builders have been content to preserve or to adapt the traditional models.

As is often the case with those gifted with an ardent imagination, though he had long known that Moscow would be abandoned he knew it only with his intellect, he did not believe it in his heart and did not adapt himself mentally to this new position of affairs.

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