- 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 needsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [no object] Become adjusted to new conditions: a large organization can be slow to adapt to changeMore example sentences
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
- 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.
- 1.2Alter (a text) to make it suitable for filming, broadcasting, or the stage: the film was adapted from a Turgenev short storyMore example sentences
- 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').