Definition of adjustment in English:



  • 1A small alteration or movement made to achieve a desired fit, appearance, or result.

    ‘I've made a few adjustments to my diet’
    ‘only slight adjustments to the boat are necessary’
    • ‘She also questioned the adjustment of market values by reference to Savill's Index.’
    • ‘She showed no resistance to making necessary adjustments, including dietary ones, to treat her problem.’
    • ‘In many cases, the adjustment moved the faculty member from economic marginality to a living wage.’
    • ‘Risk adjustment can contribute to quality improvement by allowing outcomes to be compared fairly.’
    • ‘This rarely requires dosage adjustment or discontinuation of the drug.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, the bank continues to offer a third of its aid - US $5.8 billion in 2001-for structural adjustment.’
    • ‘Some diesel cars can use the new fuel as a blend with normal diesel with-out making adjustments to their engine.’
    • ‘Indeed, the same spoon reamers were probably also used to make adjustments to the tuning of their instruments.’
    • ‘Also watch for players trying to make "last minute adjustments."’
    • ‘With Thornton on injured reserve, the team will have to make adjustments in its pass rush.’
    • ‘A clear audit trail also is produced, replacing the spreadsheets that underwriters would previously attach to policies to document pricing adjustments.’
    • ‘Then, I checked the micrometer height adjustment shaft - its bearing surfaces were worn out!’
    • ‘Vdot is reviewing 34 requests for adjustments covering existing contracts on all of the agency's projects.’
    • ‘The annual adjustment shall be made only in respect of one-fifth of the tax imposed on the goods.’
    • ‘Like a quarterback, linemen have to sense what defense is coming and make adjustments on the fly.’
    • ‘Make an adjustment to the hit by reducing the amount of right spin.’
    • ‘It was therefore decided not to make any adjustment to the original productivity data.’
    • ‘Instead of making adjustments depending on whom we play, we're going to master our system.’
    • ‘He's continually suggesting adjustments from the cockpit during races.’
    • ‘Less populated states would likely have been beneficiaries of this somewhat flawed mathematical adjustment.’
    adaptation, adapting, accustoming, accommodation, accommodating, acclimatization, reconciliation, inurement, habituation, habituating, familiarization, acculturation, naturalization, assimilation, assimilating, harmonization
    modification, modifying, alteration, adaptation, regulation, regulating, rearrangement, change, converting, conversion
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    1. 1.1mass noun The process of adapting or becoming used to a new situation.
      ‘for many couples there may need to be a period of adjustment’
      • ‘A similar weakness is inherent in psychologies based on adjustment or adaptation.’
      • ‘Dealing with the unexpected requires rapid adjustment to the actual situation.’
      • ‘If a patient is going to show signs of adjustment the facility will be able to make the appropriate decision.’
      • ‘Palestinians should, thus, be willing to make these much less painful adjustments.’
      • ‘Yes, some rich people will benefit from such an adjustment.’
      • ‘He said, how many people you have gotten a permanent adjustment.’
      • ‘Medical students ' stress also was expected to be associated with poorer marital and emotional adjustment among their spouses.’
      • ‘Moves often result in the use of new technologies and equipment, calling for adjustments in the ways people access and process information.’
      • ‘Several measures covering problem behavior, sexual experiences, and interests and psychosocial adjustment were also included.’
      • ‘The characters lives and experiences demonstrate their displacement, spiritual homelessness, and the hardships of adjustment to a new society.’
      • ‘Adults usually develop adjustment disorders to stressors related to marital discord, finances, or work.’
      • ‘It's an adjustment he's still getting to grips with.’
      • ‘He has made a slight adjustment successfully.’
      • ‘Based on theoretical conceptualizations derived from attachment theory, we would expect to identify mediational effects of perceptions of parents on behavioral adjustment.’
      • ‘Parenting characterized by acceptance and firm control is associated, for adolescents, with enhanced school performance and general psychosocial adjustment.’
      • ‘She seems to have made an adjustment away from Bill quite nicely through these sessions.’
      • ‘A study of the effects of corporal punishment in one Caribbean locale found a modest, direct relationship between physical punishment and psychological adjustment.’
      • ‘Very little has been done on postwar adjustment of veterans in the North.’
      • ‘A lot of stuff will still go through him, which is a little bit of an adjustment for Patrick.’
      • ‘A manova was used to assess the effect of intimacy with parents on adjustment.’