What does adapt mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adapt, accommodateverb

    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

    "Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"

  2. adjust, conform, adaptverb

    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

    "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"


  1. adaptverb

    To make suitable; to make to correspond; to fit or suit; to proportion.

  2. adaptverb

    To fit by alteration; to modify or remodel for a different purpose; to adjust: as, to adapt a story or a foreign play for the stage; to adapt an old machine to a new manufacture.

  3. adaptverb

    To make by altering or fitting something else; to produce by change of form or character: as, to bring out a play adapted from the French; a word of an adapted form.

  4. adaptverb

    To change oneself so as to be adapted.

    They could not adapt to the new climate and so perished.

  5. adaptadjective

    Adapted; fit; suited; suitable.

  6. Etymology: From adapter, from adaptare, from ad + aptare, from aptus; see apt.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ADAPTverb

    To fit one thing to another; to suit; to proportion.

    Etymology: adapto, Lat.

    ’Tis true, but let it not be known,
    My eyes are somewhat dimmish grown;
    For nature, always in the right,
    To your decays adapts my sight. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

    It is not enough that nothing offends the ear, but a good poet will adapt the very sounds, as well as words, to the things he treats of. Alexander Pope, Letters.


  1. ADAPT

    ADAPT (formerly American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today) is a United States grassroots disability rights organization with chapters in 30 states and Washington, D.C. They use nonviolent direct action in order to bring about disability justice. This includes working to change laws, policies, and services affecting disabled people, but also to challenge stigmatizing stereotypes and to empower disabled people to advocate on their own behalf.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adaptadjective

    fitted; suited

  2. Adaptverb

    to make suitable; to fit, or suit; to adjust; to alter so as to fit for a new use; -- sometimes followed by to or for

  3. Etymology: [L. adaptare; ad + aptare to fit; cf. F. adapter. See Apt, Adept.]


  1. ADAPT

    ADAPT is a grassroots United States disability rights organization with chapters in 30 states. It is known for being part of the militant wing of the disability rights movement due to its history of nonviolent direct action in order to bring attention to the lack of civil rights the disability community has. However, ADAPT also practices legislative policy advocacy, grassroots education and mobilization, and individual members may engage in legal advocacy, as in the case of individual ADAPT members suing the Chicago Transit Authority in the 1980s.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adapt

    ad-apt′, v.t. to make apt or fit: to accommodate (with to or for).—ns. Adaptabil′ity, Adapt′ableness.—adj. Adapt′able, that may be adapted.—n. Adaptā′tion, the act of making suitable: fitness: (biol.) the process of advantageous variation and progressive modification by which organisms are adjusted to the conditions of their life—the perfected result of adaptation being a life in harmony with the environment. [Fr.—L. adaptāread, to, and aptāre, to fit.]

Editors Contribution

  1. adapt

    To change our perception or understanding and see an accurate, perfect or specific perspective or way.

    We do adapt so easily to unity governmental policy change as we have agreed it.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 21, 2020  

  2. adapt

    To change our focus to a specific purpose or solution.

    The designer adapted the design to ensure a more defined drawing.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 21, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'adapt' in Verbs Frequency: #588

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adapt in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adapt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of adapt in a Sentence

  1. Anand Tharmaratnam:

    Sales departments did slow down activities in China and have taken their time to adapt their sales efforts.

  2. Michelle Huang:

    There is big market potential for Costco in China, as its value for money strategy is attractive to many middle-class consumers, whether Costco can succeed in the long term depends how well it can adapt to China's dynamic retail landscape.

  3. Robert Anson Heinlein:

    The reasonable man adapts himself to the world the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

  4. Ryan King:

    It is not a threat to jobs, but they change. We have to adapt, we're at a point now where big data is helping optimize inspection programs, so we don't have to send guys into the field.

  5. Matarazo José da Silva:

    That could happen in the medium term... If iron ore remains low, we will face a different reality and have to adapt.

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Translations for adapt

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  • يتكيفArabic
  • приспособявам, подходящ, преработвам, нагласям, приспособявам сеBulgarian
  • adaptarCatalan, Valencian
  • adaptovat, upravit, přizpůsobitCzech
  • addasuWelsh
  • adaptiert, anpassenGerman
  • alaranĝi, adapti, adaptitaEsperanto
  • adaptado, ajustar, adaptar, adaptarseSpanish
  • soveltaa, sovittaa, mukauttaa, tottua, sopeuttaa, sopivaFinnish
  • adapté, adapter, s'adapterFrench
  • átállít, illeszt, átdolgoz, hozzáilleszt, adaptál, hozzáigazít, átültet, alkalmazkodikHungarian
  • adaptarInterlingua
  • adaptarIdo
  • adattarsi, adattato, adattareItalian
  • לְהִסְתָגֵלHebrew
  • 適応, 適合, 適応するJapanese
  • 익숙해지다Korean
  • accommodareLatin
  • adaptéierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • bewerken, aanpassenDutch
  • tilpasseNorwegian
  • adaptado, adaptarPortuguese
  • adapta, adaptatRomanian
  • адаптированный, приспособиться, адаптировать, приспосабливаться, приспособить, приспосабливать, подогнать, адаптироваться, подгонятьRussian
  • adaptAlbanian
  • anpassaSwedish
  • ஏற்பTamil
  • uyarlamak, adapte olmak, uyum sağlamak, adapte etmek, uydurmak, uymak, adapte, uygunTurkish
  • 適應Chinese

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    a hazy or indistinct representation
    • A. blur
    • B. interrogate
    • C. deny
    • D. inspire

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