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Definitions for adapt
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make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
"Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"
adjust, conform, adaptverb
adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
"We must adjust to the bad economic situation"
To make suitable; to make to correspond; to fit or suit; to proportion.
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.
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.
To change oneself so as to be adapted.
They could not adapt to the new climate and so perished.
Adapted; fit; suited; suitable.
Etymology: From adapter, from adaptare, from ad + aptare, from aptus; see apt.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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
Etymology: [L. adaptare; ad + aptare to fit; cf. F. adapter. See Apt, Adept.]
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
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. adaptāre—ad, to, and aptāre, to fit.]
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
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
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'adapt' in Verbs Frequency: #588
The numerical value of adapt in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of adapt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of adapt in a Sentence
Sales departments did slow down activities in China and have taken their time to adapt their sales efforts.
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.
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.
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.
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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- приспособявам, подходящ, преработвам, нагласям, приспособявам сеBulgarian
- adaptarCatalan, Valencian
- adaptovat, upravit, přizpůsobitCzech
- 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
- adattarsi, adattato, adattareItalian
- 適応, 適合, 適応するJapanese
- adaptéierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- bewerken, aanpassenDutch
- adaptado, adaptarPortuguese
- adapta, adaptatRomanian
- адаптированный, приспособиться, адаптировать, приспосабливаться, приспособить, приспосабливать, подогнать, адаптироваться, подгонятьRussian
- uyarlamak, adapte olmak, uyum sağlamak, adapte etmek, uydurmak, uymak, adapte, uygunTurkish
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