Definitions for adjustəˈdʒʌst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, or conforms; adapt; accommodate:

    to adjust expenses to income.

  2. to put in working order or in a proper state or position:

    to adjust an instrument.

  3. to settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result:

    to adjust our differences.

  4. to determine the amount to be paid in settlement of (an insurance claim).

    Category: Business

  5. to systematize.

  6. (v.i.)to adapt oneself; become adapted:

    to adjust to new demands.

* Syn: adjust , adapt , alter imply making necessary or desirable changes, as in position, shape, or the like. To adjust is to make a minor change, as to move into proper position for use: to adjust the eyepiece of a telescope. To adapt is to make a change in character, or to make something useful in a new way: to adapt a method to a new task. To alter is to change the appearance but not the use: to alter a suit.

Origin of adjust:

1350–1400; ME ajusten < AF ajuster, OF aj(o)uster to make conform to, v. der., with a-a -5, of juste right, just1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. adjust, set, correct(verb)

    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

    "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

  2. align, aline, line up, adjust(verb)

    place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight

    "align the car with the curb"; "align the sheets of paper on the table"

  3. adjust, conform, adapt(verb)

    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

    "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"

  4. adjust(verb)

    make correspondent or conformable

    "Adjust your eyes to the darkness"

  5. adjust(verb)

    decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. adjust(verb)əˈdʒʌst

    to become used to a situation

    They're still adjusting to the heat.

  2. adjustəˈdʒʌst

    to change or move slightly

    He adjusted his tie.


  1. adjust(Verb)

    To modify.

    Morimoto's recipes are adjusted to suit the American palate.

  2. adjust(Verb)

    To improve or rectify.

    He adjusted his initial conclusion to reflect the new data.

  3. adjust(Verb)

    To settle an insurance claim.

  4. Origin: From adjuster, from ad + iustus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adjust(verb)

    to make exact; to fit; to make correspondent or conformable; to bring into proper relations; as, to adjust a garment to the body, or things to a standard

  2. Adjust(verb)

    to put in order; to regulate, or reduce to system

  3. Adjust(verb)

    to settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result; as, to adjust accounts; the differences are adjusted

  4. Adjust(verb)

    to bring to a true relative position, as the parts of an instrument; to regulate for use; as, to adjust a telescope or microscope

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. adjust

    An order to the observer or spotter to initiate an adjustment on a designated target.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'adjust' in Verbs Frequency: #590

Translations for adjust

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with to ) to change so as to make or be better suited

He soon adjusted to his new way of life.

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