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adapt

[ uh-dapt ]
/ əˈdæpt /
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verb (used with object)

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)

to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc.: to adapt easily to all circumstances.

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Origin of adapt

1605–15; <Latin adaptāre to fit, adjust, perhaps via French adapter.See ad-, apt
1. See adjust.
adapt , adept, adopt
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British Dictionary definitions for adapt

adapt
/ (əˈdæpt) /

verb

(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
adaptable, adjectiveadaptability or adaptableness, nounadaptive, adjective
C17: from Latin adaptāre, from ad- to + aptāre to fit, from aptus apt
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