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.


  1. adapt

    To adapt means to change or adjust one's behavior, thinking, or methods in order to deal with new situations, conditions, or environments. It can also refer to modifying or altering something to make it suitable or fit for a new use or purpose.

  2. adapt

    Adapt means to adjust or modify oneself or something to suit a different or new condition, environment, or situation. This could involve changes in behavior, function or structure to improve the chances of survival or effectiveness.

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. Elizabeth Warren:

    I write to ask for more information about the risks caused by the climate crisis on the financial industry and your institution's practices, including what steps, if any, your institution is taking to adapt to mitigate these risks.

  2. Kardashian West:

    Even though I'm not big on taking advice -- I don't believe there's only one-way-or-the-highway and we all have to adapt into our own routines -- it's so comforting to know that I have sisters whom I can ask about anything that may come up, just by observing them as moms, I've already learned so much.

  3. Kerstin Johannesson:

    In the ponds, he could see that evolution was really fast. Of course, this kind of evolution does not wait for new mutations but works on the variation that is already present in the population, this has relevance, especially now, when the climate is changing. Because we need to know how species can adapt to a changing climate.

  4. Rafael Nadal:

    The first two rounds I played more than well enough to win. I had two confident scores against two good players, the second set( there) were a little bit more mistakes and the wind was even( greater) later in the match. These things are part of the game and just try to be ready for it... You have to adapt. You have to find solutions.

  5. Simon Williams:

    With more capacity having entered the energy insurance sector in recent years, it will be a real test to see how insurers adapt to this very challenging environment.

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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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