Changing a lesson plan to suit both special education students and Honors students is an example of to adapt.
- to make fit or suitable by changing or adjusting
- to adjust (oneself) to new or changed circumstances
Origin of adaptFrench adapter from Classical Latin adaptare from ad-, to + aptare, to fit: see apt
verba·dapt·ed, a·dapt·ing, a·dapts
- To make suitable to or fit for a specific use or situation: adapted the novel into a movie; adapted the company policy to take internet use into account.
- To cause to be able to survive and reproduce under certain conditions. Used in the passive: “Every species is adapted to a rather restricted selection of properties of the environment” ( Ernst Mayr )
Origin of adaptMiddle English adapten from Latin adaptāre ad- ad- aptāre to fit ( from aptus fitting ; see apt. )
(third-person singular simple present adapts, present participle adapting, simple past and past participle adapted)
- To make suitable; to make to correspond; to fit or suit; to proportion.
- To fit by alteration; to modify or remodel for a different purpose; to adjust: as, to adapt a story or a foreign play for the stage; to adapt an old machine to a new manufacture.
- To make by altering or fitting something else; to produce by change of form or character: as, to bring out a play adapted from the French; a word of an adapted form.
- (intransitive) To change oneself so as to be adapted.
- They could not adapt to the new climate and so perished.