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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adjust, set, correctverb

    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, adjustverb

    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, adaptverb

    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

    "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"

  4. adjustverb

    make correspondent or conformable

    "Adjust your eyes to the darkness"

  5. adjustverb

    decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim


  1. adjustverb

    To modify.

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

  2. adjustverb

    To improve or rectify.

    He adjusted his initial conclusion to reflect the new data.

  3. adjustverb

    To settle an insurance claim.

  4. Etymology: From adjuster, from ad + iustus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ADJUSTverb

    Etymology: adjuster, Fr.

    Your Lordship removes all our difficulties, and supplies all our wants, faster than the most visionary projector can adjust his schemes. Jonathan Swift, to the Lord High Treasurer.

    The names of mixed modes, for the most part, want standards in nature, whereby men may rectify and adjust their signification; therefore they are very various and doubtful. John Locke.

    As to the accomplishment of this remarkable prophecy, whoever reads the account given by Josephus, without knowing his character, and compares it with what our Saviour foretold, would think the historian had been a christian, and that he had nothing else in view, but to adjust the event to the prediction. Joseph Addison, on the Christian Religion.


  1. adjust

    Adjust means to alter or move something slightly in order to correct or improve it, to fit new requirements, or to achieve a desired effect. It can also refer to the act of becoming more familiar with a new situation.

  2. adjust

    Adjust is the act of altering or changing something in order to fit, adapt, conform or correct according to specific requirements or conditions. This action can be applied to various situations such as adjusting settings, behaviors, plans, amounts, or equipment.

  3. adjust

    To adjust means to alter or modify something in order to achieve a desired fit, appearance or result. It involves making minor changes or fine-tuning. This term can be used in various contexts which include adjusting physical objects, mental attitudes, plans, or even relationships.

  4. adjust

    To adjust means to change, alter, or modify something to suit different conditions or purposes, or to correct and improve its performance, fit, or alignment. It can refer to both physical items, such as adjusting a chair's height, and non-physical aspects, such as adjusting one's attitude or schedule.

  5. adjust

    To adjust means to alter, move, or change something in order to make it more suitable or correct for a particular situation or condition. It can also refer to the process of becoming accustomed to a new situation or environment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adjustverb

    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. Adjustverb

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

  3. Adjustverb

    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. Adjustverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adjust

    ad-just′, v.t. to arrange properly (with to): to regulate: to settle.—adj. Adjust′able.—n. Adjust′ment, arrangement. [O. Fr. ajouster—Low L. adjuxtāre, to put side by side—L. juxta, near].

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. adjust

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

Editors Contribution

  1. adjust

    To change, improve or regulate.

    They did adjust the temperature and had a balanced temperature at the office.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adjust in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adjust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of adjust in a Sentence

  1. Mario Draghi:

    We are in technical preparations to adjust the size, speed and compositions of our measures early 2015, should it become necessary, there is unanimity within the Governing Council on this.

  2. Theodore Harold White:

    Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas, for their thoughts are plastic and can be molded and they can adjust the ideas of old men to the shape of reality as they find it in villages and hills of China or in ghettos and suburbs of America.

  3. Anthony Banbury:

    We are going to exceed the Dec 1 targets in some areas. But we are almost certainly going to fall short in others. In both those cases, we will adjust to what the circumstances are on the ground.

  4. Danielle Sheypuk:

    When a celebrity becomes aware that the photoshopping of their body using different apps is negatively impacting their fans it’s their responsibility to adjust accordingly.

  5. James Earl Jimmy Carter, Jr.:

    We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.

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  • يعدلArabic
  • нагласявам, оправям, приспособявамBulgarian
  • upravitCzech
  • addasuWelsh
  • berichtigen, anpassenGerman
  • προσαρμόζω, ρυθμίζω, διευθετώGreek
  • alĝustigiEsperanto
  • regular, arreglar, ajustar, adaptarSpanish
  • muuttaa, sopeuttaa, korvata, mukauttaa, sopeutua, muokataFinnish
  • ajusterFrench
  • ceartaighIrish
  • adeguare, regolare, adattareItalian
  • 調整Japanese
  • verbeteren, verstellen, herzien, aanpassenDutch
  • stille, korrigere, justereNorwegian
  • dostosowywać, poprawić, dostosowaćPolish
  • ajustarPortuguese
  • ajusta, potrivi, reglaRomanian
  • подстраивать, настроить, настраивать, регулировать, отрегулировать, подстроитьRussian
  • điều chỉnhVietnamese

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