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adaptation

Line breaks: adap|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /adəpˈteɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of adaptation in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The action or process of adapting or being adapted: the adaptation of teaching strategy to meet students' needs [count noun]: adaptations to the school curriculum
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] A film, television drama, or stage play that has been adapted from a written work: a three-part adaptation of Hard Times
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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 The process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment: living in groups is an adaptation to increase the efficiency of hunting
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  • They better understand the process of speciation, adaptation, and extinction.
  • The adaptation of organisms to their habitat ultimately depends upon environmental criteria.
  • We should not casually assume that earlier forms were inferior in adaptation to their particular environment.

Origin

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

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