Definition of adapt in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈdapt


[with object]
  • 1Make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify: hospitals have had to be adapted for modern medical practice [with object and infinitive]: the policies can be adapted to suit individual needs
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    • Individual countries can no longer adapt monetary policy to suit their particular economic situation.
    • An existing in-house induction programme was adapted for the company's overseas staff.
    • In the current investigation, a number of existing measures were adapted for use.
    modify, alter, make alterations to, change, adjust, make adjustments to, convert, transform, redesign, restyle, refashion, remodel, reshape, revamp, rework, redo, reconstruct, reorganize; customize, tailor; improve, make improvements to, amend, refine
    informal tweak
  • 1.1 [no object] Become adjusted to new conditions: a large organization can be slow to adapt to change
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    • If one is to enjoy any return on the investment, one must be smart, work diligently and adapt to local conditions.
    • They adapt to the conditions here, the climate, the training, the food.
    • It is willing to adapt to new world conditions, and to absorb new technologies and investments.
    adjust, acclimatize, accommodate, attune, habituate, acculturate, conform; familiarize oneself with, habituate oneself to, become habituated to, get used to, orient oneself in, condition oneself to; reconcile oneself to, resign oneself to, become resigned to, come to terms with, find one's way around; become naturalized, become seasoned, get one's bearings, find one's feet, blend in, fit in; North American acclimate
  • 1.2Alter (a text) to make it suitable for filming, broadcasting, or the stage: the film was adapted from a Turgenev short story
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    • The musical, which wowed the crowds when it visited Bradford last year, is adapted from the 1961 film.
    • The Notebook and The Proof, by Agota Kristof, is a trilogy which has been adapted from novel to stage.
    • As with any film that is adapted from a novel, the movie often does not do the book justice.


late Middle English: from French adapter, from Latin adaptare, from ad- 'to' + aptare (from aptus 'fit').

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