- 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 well-adapted
His notes are generally brief, and well-adapted to their purpose.
Well, the three places I have given you are all well-adapted.
Essential to the stable economic growth we seek is a system of well-adapted and efficient financial institutions.
As a rule, in all well-adapted caterpillars, considering their colour in its totality, this is certainly not the case.Studies in the Theory of Descent (Volumes 1 and 2)
The Rev. Doctor Smith delivered upon the occasion a well-adapted discourse.The History of Dartmouth College
Baxter Perry Smith
- having been made or adjusted to fit suitably into an environment, situation, etc
- (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 well-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.