Definition of adaptation in English:


Syllabification: ad·ap·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌadapˈtāSHən, ˌadəp-


  • 1The action or process of adapting or being adapted: the adaptation of teaching strategy to meet students' needs adaptations to the school curriculum
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    • It is a process of adaptation, a habit acquired with effort, pain, and tedium.
    • This was considered critical for highly educated immigrants, because settlement and adaptation is facilitated by social interaction.
    • Both processes exemplify adaptation or adjustment, but very different mechanisms must be involved.
    alteration, modification, redesign, remodeling, revamping, reworking, reconstruction, conversionadjustment, acclimatization, acclimation, accommodations, habituation, acculturation, assimilation, integration
  • 1.1A movie, television drama, or stage play that has been adapted from a written work, typically a novel: filming her adaptation of a beloved children’s book
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    • Television dramas were usually adaptations of stage plays, and invariably about upper classes.
    • So his latest film, an adaptation of his stage play, The Far Side of the Moon, comes as a shock.
    • Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless tale of ships and pirates has been a huge success in the guises of film and television adaptations.
  • 1.2 Biology A change or the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment: living in groups is an adaptation that increases the efficiency of hunting biochemical adaptation in parasites
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    • Molecular biologists have seen all of these processes at work in the laboratory, in particular the adaptation of duplicated genes.
    • This may be related to the adaptation of the plant to the warmer climate of the Cape Verde Islands.
    • One of the processes that may lead to the formation of sibling species complexes involves adaptation to specific habitats.


early 17th century: from French, from late Latin adaptatio(n-), from Latin adaptare (see adapt).

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