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adapt

[uh-dapt] /əˈdæpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly:
They adapted themselves to the change quickly. He adapted the novel for movies.
verb (used without object)
2.
to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc.:
to adapt easily to all circumstances.
Origin of adapt
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin adaptāre to fit, adjust, perhaps via French adapter. See ad-, apt
Related forms
adaptedness, noun
misadapt, verb
nonadapting, adjective
readapt, verb (used with object)
unadapted, adjective
well-adapted, adjective
Can be confused
adapt, adept, adopt.
Synonyms
1. fit, accommodate, suit, reconcile, conform; modify, rework, convert.
Synonym Study
1. See adjust.
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well-adapted

adjective (well adapted when postpositive)
1.
having been made or adjusted to fit suitably into an environment, situation, etc

adapt

/əˈdæpt/
verb
1.
(often foll by to) to adjust (someone or something, esp oneself) to different conditions, a new environment, etc
2.
(transitive) to fit, change, or modify to suit a new or different purpose: to adapt a play for use in schools
Derived Forms
adaptable, adjective
adaptability, adaptableness, noun
adaptive, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin adaptāre, from ad- to + aptāre to fit, from aptusapt
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Word Origin and History for well-adapted

adapt

v.

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.

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