- 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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Related Wordsaccustom, fit, prepare, conform, acclimate, modify, accommodate, shape, tailor, comply, readjust, suit, alter, revise, familiarize, square, reconcile, make, habituate, qualify
Examples from the Web for adapt
But even if you did have the chance to adapt them into films, would you even want to, especially after making two trilogies?‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
In the best cases, they model and teach how to adjust and adapt appropriately.Tony La Russa Explains How To Make It To The World Series
October 4, 2014
“We are in London so I wanted to adapt some of the local culture,” Zhang told The Daily Beast.Is New York Fashion Week Now the Cool Kid on the Block?
September 18, 2014
In the end, it was the ability of the senior non-coms and junior officers to adapt and adjust that made the landings successful.D-Day Historian Craig Symonds Talks About History’s Most Amazing Invasion
June 5, 2014
Kate's failure to adapt her dresses for the rigors of public life only hurts herself.Kate Middleton's History of Flesh-Flashing Wardrobe Malfunctions
May 29, 2014
It's very kind of you to adapt yourself to my capacity, I am sure.'Barnaby Rudge
She had changed her methods suddenly, and he had had no time to adapt himself to them.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
There are also men who adapt themselves passively and are easily molded.The Sexual Question
Those who regard their health should be careful to adapt their clothing to the state of the climate, and the season of the year.
Change is about it on every side, and it must adapt itself to this change or it will pass away.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
- (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 adapt
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.