Definition of readjust in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Set or adjust (something) again.

    ‘I readjusted the rear-view mirror’
    • ‘It is long past time that we readjusted our defensive lines overseas to reflect the collapse of the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘But gradually, it lost its position as the country readjusted its industrial structure, leaving the area silent.’
    • ‘She adjusted and readjusted her rings in a fidgeting motion.’
    • ‘When we adjusted our defense to be waiting for them, they readjusted their offense.’
    • ‘Rusty snarled as he reached forward and readjusted the rearview mirror.’
    • ‘Because camp professionals acclimate to a higher level of stress during the camp season, these steps are akin to resetting a thermostat or readjusting your stress-tolerance level.’
    • ‘There wasn't much room, and while doing so he knocked his headdress into his eyes and so took some time readjusting it in the rear view mirror.’
    • ‘After hopping in and readjusting the rearview mirror, I wheeled the car from the parking space and into traffic.’
    • ‘After I had adjusted and readjusted the necklace and bracelet to perfection I noticed how the stones in both pieces perfectly matched my eyes.’
    • ‘Standing full front to it beside his table surrounded by other diners he readjusts his shirt collars.’
    • ‘As she approached the wide set of doors that led to the hall she could see Erik nervously fidgeting with his uniform in a mirror, adjusting and readjusting his tunic.’
    • ‘Both countries have been readjusting their policy towards the other from a purely strategic point of view and with the increase in the two-way trade have gradually been moving towards common ground.’
    • ‘But life is nevertheless better, because I've readjusted my whole attitude to food.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the balance was only slightly readjusted this summer with the publication of Ms Satrapi's critically acclaimed memoir of her childhood in Iran.’
    • ‘I did not feel sympathy for him, or compassion, or anger, and that gave me the luxury of readjusting my perception of him without subsequently changing my judgment of the film.’
    • ‘The cops intervene and the commuter walks away, shaking his head and readjusting his collar.’
    • ‘The economic growth rate for next year has slipped further and further as the year goes on, with the latest prediction from the government's top think tank readjusting the figure to a paltry 2.6 percent.’
    • ‘I was to be at my father's in two hours, but I was having such a hard time adjusting and readjusting my clothing to be right.’
    • ‘The finalists adjust and readjust their goggles; they swing their arms in fast circles and jump explosively upward.’
    • ‘It's almost like I've been having an extremely realistic dream of rolling over and readjusting my pillow a lot.’
    1. 1.1no object Adjust or adapt to a changed environment or situation.
      ‘she wondered if she could ever become readjusted to this sort of life’
      • ‘Lewis was already severely depressed after their trip and never fully readjusted to life back in civilization.’
      • ‘It's good to be back, Maggie's thrilled, and I'll soon readjust to how dirty and smelly the city is, I suppose.’
      • ‘Today, small is beautiful, because, with a little forethought in planning, our unique and precious remaining wilderness habitats can absorb and readjust to these.’
      • ‘She squinted as her eyes readjusted to the light.’
      • ‘Enjoying his working life is a feeling Hamilton has been happy to readjust to.’
      • ‘His job involves him visiting people who have become blind and helping them to readjust to their new life.’
      • ‘There's a lot of things that had changed in society that I had to readjust to.’
      • ‘It is very frightening for a lot of people to readjust to working.’
      • ‘He hadn't completely readjusted to the feeling of space.’
      • ‘Stepping out into the glare of Belmore Road in the afternoon, it took a while before my eyes readjusted to the sunlight.’
      • ‘And I knew that when he got out of prison it was going to be a very horrible, hard thing for him to readjust to society again.’
      • ‘Longer term, it may mean the couple's children having to readjust to having parents who are famous again.’
      • ‘There is a general expectation that prices in Ireland have yet to go through a period of settling post decoupling as farmers readjust to the new regime under the single payment.’
      • ‘Slowly - very slowly - she readjusted to normal time and space, and her body.’
      • ‘In contrast, those patients that picked themselves up and put the incident behind them were found to have readjusted to life at a quicker rate.’
      • ‘He has had time to readjust to the way Scots look at themselves.’
      • ‘The earthquake resulted when Earth's crust readjusted to the pressure.’
      • ‘When his eyes readjusted to the darkness, he looked around the room, everything covered in a heavy shroud of dust.’
      • ‘I squinted, waiting as my eyes readjusted to the dim light.’
      • ‘The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, could also help identify those who are struggling to readjust to life after such a loss, the authors said.’