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verb (used with object)
  1. to make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly: They adapted themselves to the change quickly. He adapted the novel for movies.
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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
Related formsa·dapt·ed·ness, nounmis·a·dapt, verbnon·a·dapt·ing, adjectivere·a·dapt, verb (used with object)un·a·dapt·ed, adjectivewell-a·dapt·ed, adjective
Can be confusedadapt adept adopt

Synonyms for adapt

Synonym study

1. See adjust.
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adjective (well adapted when postpositive)
  1. having been made or adjusted to fit suitably into an environment, situation, etc
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  1. (often foll by to) to adjust (someone or something, esp oneself) to different conditions, a new environment, etc
  2. (tr) to fit, change, or modify to suit a new or different purposeto adapt a play for use in schools
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Derived Formsadaptable, adjectiveadaptability or adaptableness, nounadaptive, adjective

Word Origin for adapt

C17: from Latin adaptāre, from ad- to + aptāre to fit, from aptus apt
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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.

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