[ uh-juhst ]
/ əˈdʒʌst /
verb (used with object)
to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, or conforms; adapt; accommodate: to adjust expenses to income.
to put in good working order; regulate; bring to a proper state or position: to adjust an instrument.
to settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result: to adjust our differences.
Insurance. to determine the amount to be paid in settlement of (a claim).
Military. to correct the elevation or deflection of (a gun).
verb (used without object)
to adapt oneself; become adapted: They had no problems in adjusting at the new school.
Words nearby adjust
Origin of adjust
OTHER WORDS FROM adjustmis·ad·just, verbo·ver·ad·just, verbpre·ad·just, verb (used with object)self-ad·just·ing, adjective
synonym study for adjust
1. Adjust, adapt, alter in their literal meanings imply making necessary or desirable changes (as in position, shape, or the like). To adjust is to move into proper position for use: to adjust the eyepiece of a telescope. To adapt is to make a change in character, to make something useful in a new way: to adapt a paper clip for a hairpin. To alter is to change the appearance but not the use: to alter the height of a table.
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British Dictionary definitions for misadjust
/ (əˈdʒʌst) /
(tr) to alter slightly, esp to achieve accuracy; regulateto adjust the television
to adapt, as to a new environment, etc
(tr) to put into order
(tr) insurance to determine the amount payable in settlement of (a claim)
Derived forms of adjustadjustable, adjectiveadjustably, adverbadjuster, noun
Word Origin for adjust
C17: from Old French adjuster, from ad- to + juste right, just
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Medical definitions for misadjust
[ ə-jŭst′ ]
To bring into proper relationship.
To treat disorders of the spine by correcting slight dislocations between vertebrae using chiropractic techniques.
To achieve a psychological balance with regard to one's external environment, one's needs, and the demands of others.
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