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Line breaks: ad¦just
Pronunciation: /əˈdʒʌst

Definition of adjust in English:


1 [with object] Alter or move (something) slightly in order to achieve the desired fit, appearance, or result: he smoothed his hair and adjusted his tie a single control adjusts the water flow
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  • Furthermore, all analyses were statistically adjusted for intervention and control status.
  • The seat height was adjusted for each individual before each test using a standardized method.
  • The standard errors of the model estimates were adjusted for the clustering of patients within hospitals.
modify, alter, regulate, tune, fine-tune, calibrate, balance;
adapt, rearrange, change, rejig, rework, revamp, remodel, reshape, convert, transform, tailor, improve, enhance, customize;
repair, fix, correct, rectify, make good, put in working order, overhaul, put right, set right, set to rights, standardize, normalize
informal jigger, tweak, twiddle, patch up, see to
1.1 [no object] Permit small alterations or movements so as to achieve a desired fit, appearance, or result: a harness that adjusts to the correct fit
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  • It continually adjusts to the owner's driving preferences, tuning itself to provide more power on demand for better fuel economy.
  • Length is adjusted by loosening the knurled locking collar only a halt turn, after which the post adjusts to the desired height and is secured by another half turn of the locking collar.
  • The handset is dominated by a 176 mm X 320 mm colour display screen that adjusts to the users' hand movements to allow for tilting, scrolling and zooming.
1.2 [no object] Adapt or become used to a new situation: she must be allowed to grieve and to adjust in her own way his eyes had adjusted to semi-darkness
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  • By the time we got to the car I had already adjusted to my new situation.
  • I am frankly filled with admiration at the way in which Australians have reacted and adjusted to this new situation.
  • And Minnesotans seem adjusted to the taxes, calling their state high tax, high service.
adapt, become accustomed, get used, accommodate, acclimatize, attune, orient oneself, reconcile oneself, habituate oneself, assimilate, conform;
come to terms with, familiarize oneself with, acquaint oneself with, blend in with, fit in with, find one's feet in;
North American acclimate
2 [with object] Assess (loss or damages) when settling an insurance claim: the insurance agent may have the responsibility of adjusting small losses
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  • We are aware that loss adjusting and economic damage calculation is not an exact science at all but as a relative indicator it can work very well.
  • It ought not to have been and his claim should be adjusted accordingly.
  • If serious wheat streak is suspected, growers must contact their insurance agent so fields can be adjusted.


early 17th century (in the senses 'harmonize discrepancies' and 'assess loss or damages'): from obsolete French adjuster, from Old French ajoster 'to approximate', based on Latin ad- 'to' + juxta 'near'.


do not adjust your set

Used to tell someone that information is true, although it appears strange or incorrect: yes, the candidate is from Montana. Do not adjust your set
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  • This is not a fault: do not adjust your set.
  • This is about to lapse into various other tales but they are all somehow relevant, do not adjust your set.



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  • More than 35,000 insurance adjusters are working statewide handling more than 1-million claims filed from the first three storms.
  • The front seats provide height adjusters as well as lumbar support and armrests on both sides.
  • Did they send an adjuster out to look at your car?

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