- 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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- (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 misadapt
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.