Definition of adaptation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌadapˈtāSH(ə)n/


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, conversion
adjustment, 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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Syllabification: ad·ap·ta·tion

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