Definition of adaptable in English:

adaptable

adjective

  • 1Able to adjust to new conditions.

    ‘rats are highly adaptable to change’
    • ‘Approaches to TB control should be flexible and adaptable to local needs and circumstances.’
    • ‘The brain has evolved to be exquisitely adaptable to environmental change.’
    • ‘We acknowledge it is not easy, but we all must be adaptable to survive.’
    • ‘They are adaptable to soils and situations and can be planted beside a water-garden, as a border or on slopes to bind the soil.’
    • ‘They must be flexible and adaptable to ever-changing schedules and situations.’
    • ‘All the depicted vegetation is highly resilient and adaptable to the most hostile surroundings.’
    • ‘The highly divided gecko foot is also minutely adaptable to bumpy surfaces and is easy to reposition, he says.’
    • ‘Women are more adaptable, compliant and possess the communication skills required by the call centre service economy.’
    • ‘It was endlessly adaptable to the changing social and economic landscape, and ruthless at ditching beliefs or leaders which stood in the way of power.’
    • ‘Proper organization and procedures are important but need to remain adaptable to changing circumstances.’
    • ‘These people like myself-have a different quality, they learn to be adaptable to any situation.’
    • ‘Most perennials are adaptable to sun or shade, various soil and water conditions.’
    • ‘Instead, one must learn tactical principles applicable and adaptable to various situations.’
    • ‘Compared to hard law it can be more flexible and adaptable to a fast changing technical and political environment.’
    • ‘Living languages are in constant use and therefore must be adaptable to changing situations and circumstances.’
    • ‘And keep an extra eye on the elderly and young children since their bodies are not as adaptable to the heat.’
    • ‘Doctors need to be balanced, open, and adaptable to change.’
    • ‘Rational beliefs tend to be moderate, flexible, and adaptable to life events.’
    • ‘We have created units that are flexible, creative and adaptable to the changing marketplace around us.’
    • ‘Insects and diseases don't bother them, and the plants are incredibly adaptable to almost any climate.’
    flexible, adjustable, pliant, compliant, malleable, versatile, resilient, conformable, multiskilled
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    1. 1.1 Able to be modified for a new use or purpose.
      ‘a workforce with adaptable skills’
      • ‘Acoustical control poses one of the greatest challenges to adaptable interiors.’
      • ‘Researchers also hope to create a tank design that could be adaptable to any type of solid-state hydrogen storage.’
      • ‘The unit is readily adaptable to aviation, automotive and marine modes with a minimum of effort.’
      • ‘The receiver is of the flat-top variety with an accessory rail that is adaptable to most optical sights.’
      • ‘In addition, this model must be replicable and adaptable to new products and services as they come to market.’
      • ‘Existing cell phones should be easily adaptable to work with the satellite system.’
      • ‘We're learning that design models need to be adaptable to various output methods.’
      • ‘Now the Home Office says that these guns are easily adaptable to fire live ammunition.’
      • ‘Therefore, it would be easily adaptable for multiple purposes.’
      • ‘And the systems had to be easily adaptable to handle other birds, such as turkeys and ducks.’
      • ‘But the resulting weapons led the way into the missile age and proved adaptable to tactical air warfare.’
      • ‘The till is adaptable to the individual needs of the retailer.’
      • ‘The machines are adaptable to either single or multiple filling operations.’
      • ‘It is a compact, drop-point fixed blade designed for easy carry and adaptable to many uses.’
      • ‘Citylink has found that Linux readily is adaptable to whatever the company needs it to do.’
      • ‘The contractual objective of the contract with Wang was that the Wang system would be adaptable to new business requirements.’
      • ‘Being a compact, three-level expressed framed structure, it was readily adaptable to new uses.’
      • ‘One type of filter was not adaptable to all the gases used, so the masks were ineffective sometimes.’
      • ‘A remarkable amount of Toyota's hybrid technology is adaptable to fuel cells.’
      • ‘Now we have to develop models of implants adaptable to the larger human eyes.’
      versatile, variable, convertible, alterable, modifiable, adjustable, changeable
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Pronunciation

adaptable

/əˈdaptəb(ə)l//əˈdæptəb(ə)l/