- 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
Synonyms for adapt
Examples from the Web for well-adapted
Historical Examples of 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 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.