Definition of adapt in English:

adapt

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify.

    ‘hospitals have had to be adapted for modern medical practice’
    ‘the policies can be adapted to suit individual needs and requirements’
    ‘mink are well adapted to hunting prey’
    • ‘Before the internal combustion engine was adapted for use in fishing boats, human strength was the only means of conquering the seas.’
    • ‘The ability to adapt organisational culture to suit individual needs takes many shapes and forms.’
    • ‘Indeed, the procedures and trappings of the hunt were adapted for military purposes.’
    • ‘The first pair were adapted for feeding, the next four were walking legs, and the most posterior pair formed large swimming paddles.’
    • ‘Birds use them for flight, and they are exquisitely adapted for flight in their subtlest details.’
    • ‘In the current investigation, a number of existing measures were adapted for use.’
    • ‘An existing in-house induction programme was adapted for the company's overseas staff.’
    • ‘In modern Africa large oil drums are often adapted for the purpose.’
    • ‘But, for a historian, he seems incredibly obtuse about the process of historical change, particularly the way each culture adapts ideas to suit its own purposes.’
    • ‘Many of them flourish in a broad range of habitats, and nearly all of them are adapted for wide dispersal.’
    • ‘The minibuses are specially adapted for wheelchair users and the timescale to obtain a replacement is four to six months.’
    • ‘We use a unique approach to training, adapting our delivery to suit individual groups.’
    • ‘I also reserve the right to modify and adapt elements of the winning design both now and in the future.’
    • ‘She then adapts the design to suit the individual.’
    • ‘The long claws, strong leg and shoulder muscles of these bears are well adapted for digging dens and food.’
    • ‘The building's original gymnasium space and kitchens were adapted for Church use.’
    • ‘After several years of tests, they are now modifying and adapting the system to their individual enterprises.’
    • ‘Individual countries can no longer adapt monetary policy to suit their particular economic situation.’
    • ‘We will make these available in a format that you can download, so you can modify or adapt them as needed.’
    • ‘Computer manufacturers routinely gave machines to schools at a discount or without cost, but adapting them to educational purposes proved difficult.’
    modify, alter, make alterations to, change, adjust, make adjustments to, convert, transform, redesign, restyle, refashion, remodel, reshape, revamp, rework, redo, reconstruct, reorganize
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    1. 1.1[no object] Become adjusted to new conditions.
      ‘a large organization can be slow to adapt to change’
      • ‘Some of these individuals might be at an advantage over their predecessors, because they might be more able to adapt to new conditions.’
      • ‘A decent game of football was never likely as both teams struggled to adapt to the atrocious conditions.’
      • ‘Being able to adapt to any hill conditions or terrain is what makes good skiers great.’
      • ‘There is a good deal in this case and other writings about the need for the law to adapt to modern social conditions.’
      • ‘If that's the case, then what they need to learn to do is figure out a way to adapt to this change in market conditions.’
      • ‘Without this the species would be unable to adapt to changing conditions and would eventually perish.’
      • ‘TS Moorhouse blamed part of the problem on motorists who failed to adapt to the conditions.’
      • ‘As the game went on they did adapt to the conditions and raised their game accordingly but to no avail.’
      • ‘Unless batsmen have a plan worked out in their minds and adapt to the conditions they're playing in, they will make lots of mistakes.’
      • ‘If this happens, it would be crucial that species could adapt to the new conditions.’
      • ‘These must be understood so plans can evolve and adapt to different conditions.’
      • ‘It is willing to adapt to new world conditions, and to absorb new technologies and investments.’
      • ‘They adapt to the conditions here, the climate, the training, the food.’
      • ‘These archetypes defy history and adapt to local conditions in order to live on.’
      • ‘Even die-hard manufacturing experts believe that British industry needs to adapt to the new conditions.’
      • ‘They were able to adapt to whatever the political situations or life conditions demanded.’
      • ‘Therefore, it is important to understand the mechanisms that plants use to adapt to water-limited conditions.’
      • ‘That's why I had to adjust my game and adapt to the team I was with, so with that I just became a shooter.’
      • ‘If one is to enjoy any return on the investment, one must be smart, work diligently and adapt to local conditions.’
      • ‘He should've adapted to us rather than trying to make us adapt to him.’
      adjust, acclimatize, accommodate, attune, habituate, acculturate, conform
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    2. 1.2 Alter (a text) to make it suitable for filming, broadcasting, or the stage.
      ‘the miniseries was adapted from Wouk's novel’
      • ‘It was adapted for theatre by Marcy Kahan, from Nora Ephron's original screenplay.’
      • ‘The character of Selina Davis in Jazz - which is adapted from a short story by Jean Rhys - is a prime example.’
      • ‘The film, adapted from the novel by Robert Harris, is based in fact.’
      • ‘Like Minority Report, it was heavily adapted for the screen, but in a way that's necessary.’
      • ‘As with any film that is adapted from a novel, the movie often does not do the book justice.’
      • ‘One of my favourite films of 2001 was Wu Yen, which is adapted from a folk tale that was also made into a Cantonese opera.’
      • ‘Lord of the Flies is another in a long line of films adapted from various print material.’
      • ‘The show runs until January 25 and is adapted from the much loved classic book by Philippa Pearce.’
      • ‘Some of the most successful films of all time have been adapted from popular novels.’
      • ‘It's also a departure, his first period piece and his first film adapted from pre-existing material.’
      • ‘The story has been adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's classic original and had songs interwoven for the stage version.’
      • ‘The same can be said of any number of films adapted from fiction and nonfiction sources.’
      • ‘However, I remember her chiefly for the stage play The Woman in Black, which was adapted from one of her books.’
      • ‘I normally stay away from movies which are adapted from books I've read and enjoyed.’
      • ‘City of Spades is adapted for radio by Biyi Bandele and Directed by Toby Swift.’
      • ‘Though the film was adapted from the stage musical of the same name, all of the songs have been cut.’
      • ‘When I first read the musical, which was adapted from the book by some guys in New York, I was very aware of how big it felt and how American it seemed.’
      • ‘The musical, which wowed the crowds when it visited Bradford last year, is adapted from the 1961 film.’
      • ‘The Notebook and The Proof, by Agota Kristof, is a trilogy which has been adapted from novel to stage.’
      amend, emend, correct, alter, change, edit, copy-edit, rewrite, redraft, rescript, recast, rephrase, rework, update, revamp
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Usage

Avoid confusing adapt with adopt. Trouble sometimes arises because in adapting to new conditions, an animal or plant can be said to adopt something, such as a new color or behavior pattern

Origin

Late Middle English: from French adapter, from Latin adaptare, from ad- to + aptare (from aptus fit).

Pronunciation:

adapt

/əˈdapt/