What does adapt mean?

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əˈdæptadapt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adapt, accommodate(verb)

    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, adapt(verb)

    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

    "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"

Wiktionary

  1. adapt(Verb)

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

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

  2. adapt(Verb)

    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.

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

  3. adapt(Verb)

    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.

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

  4. adapt(Verb)

    To change oneself so as to be adapted.

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

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

  5. adapt(Adjective)

    Adapted; fit; suited; suitable.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adapt(adj)

    fitted; suited

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

  2. Adapt(verb)

    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.]

Freebase

  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 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  
  2. 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  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Karen Formanski:

    But with growing competition, criticism over processed food and clean eating getting more important, companies will have to adapt and offer more variety than just burgers.

  2. Eusebio Olmedo:

    We have to adapt to climate change, and these are the best varieties to recover food self-sufficiency.

  3. David Howman:

    You mold your style according the presidential requirements, i was a lawyer, a barrister who went to court every day. Every judge is different and you adapt your argument according to the judge so it sort of comes naturally. Howman, who often represented athletes in New Zealand who could not afford his services and paid in cricket bats and All-Blacks rugby jerseys, has been there through all the highs and lows. When WADA opened in 2003, drugs in sport had already become a worldwide epidemic and fair play was merely a quaint idea. Doping was firmly entrenched in the sporting culture, largely tolerated, if not tacitly accepted, by those who competed in everything from cycling's Tour de France to baseball's World Series. With no meaningful out-of-competition testing, a mish-mash of sanctions and banned substance lists, entrepreneurs such as BALCO mastermind Victor Conte operated in near impunity, pushing out designer steroids faster than tests could be developed to detect them. From a small headquarters in Montreal, WADA has grown into a global agency with four regional offices and 35 laboratories, although four are currently under suspension.

  4. Ebrahim Rahbari:

    We expect the January FOMC to repeat and reinforce the Fed’s existing dovishness, which is still significant given the recent taper discussions and other central banks’ considerations to adapt policy, dovish Fed policy is a key driver for our view of upside in risk assets and bearish USD view. We therefore continue to watch Fed-speak and potential policy changes closely.

  5. Frank Carlos Camacho:

    It depends in great measure on the physical and mental condition of the individual (animals) themselves, to be able to adapt.

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Translations for adapt

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  • приспособявам, подходящ, преработвам, приспособявам се, нагласямBulgarian
  • adaptarCatalan, Valencian
  • adaptovat, přizpůsobit, upravitCzech
  • addasuWelsh
  • anpassen, adaptiertGerman
  • adaptita, adapti, alaranĝiEsperanto
  • adaptar, ajustar, adaptarse, adaptadoSpanish
  • mukauttaa, sopeuttaa, sovittaa, sopiva, soveltaa, tottuaFinnish
  • adapté, s'adapter, adapterFrench
  • hozzáilleszt, hozzáigazít, átállít, alkalmazkodik, illeszt, átdolgoz, adaptál, átültetHungarian
  • adaptarInterlingua
  • adaptarIdo
  • adattato, adattarsi, adattareItalian
  • 適応, 適合, 適応するJapanese
  • 익숙해지다Korean
  • accommodareLatin
  • adaptéierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • bewerken, aanpassenDutch
  • tilpasseNorwegian
  • adaptar, adaptadoPortuguese
  • adaptat, adaptaRomanian
  • приспосабливать, приспособить, адаптировать, адаптироваться, подгонять, подогнать, приспосабливаться, приспособиться, адаптированныйRussian
  • adaptAlbanian
  • anpassaSwedish
  • ஏற்பTamil
  • uygun, adapte, uymak, uyarlamak, uydurmak, adapte etmek, uyum sağlamak, adapte olmakTurkish
  • 適應Chinese

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