- to make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly: They adapted themselves to the change quickly. He adapted the novel for movies.
- to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc.: to adapt easily to all circumstances.
Origin of adapt
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Examples from the Web for adapted
Since the 1950s, fluoride has adapted itself to the prevailing concerns of the time.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
This article was adapted from one originally published by IranWire.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
January 6, 2015
What do you think is the best fantasy work that has not been adapted that should?Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
This article is adapted from one by Masud Moheb originally published by IranWire on 26 December 2014.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
This article is adapted from one originally published by IranWire.50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West
IranWire, Shima Sharabi
January 1, 2015
His narrative is adapted alike for the juvenile mind and for the adult.
The music was adapted from Athaliah, which, so far, had only been heard at Oxford.Handel
Edward J. Dent
But his instrument was never used on the ocean lines, and, indeed, it was not adapted for them.Heroes of the Telegraph
But Mr. Thoreau was equipped with a most adapted and serviceable body.
During my seclusion from the world, I had adapted my dress to my situation.Beaux and Belles of England
- (often foll by to) to adjust (someone or something, esp oneself) to different conditions, a new environment, etc
- (tr) to fit, change, or modify to suit a new or different purposeto adapt a play for use in schools
Word Origin and History for adapted
early 15c. (implied in adapted) "to fit (something, for some purpose)," from Middle French adapter (14c.), from Latin adaptare "adjust," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + aptare "join," from aptus "fitted" (see apt). Meaning "to undergo modification so as to fit new circumstances" (intransitive) is from 1956. Related: Adapting.