A man adjusts the handlebars on his bicycle.
- The definition of adjust means to change something to a better fit or to be more usable.
An example of adjust is to tighten the handlebars on a bicycle.
- to change so as to fit, conform, make suitable, etc.
- to make accurate by regulating: to adjust a watch
- to settle or arrange rightly: to adjust accounts
- to resolve or bring into accord: to adjust differences
- to decide how much is to be paid in settling (an insurance claim)
- Mil. to correct (the gun sight, one's aim, etc.) in firing
Origin of adjustMiddle English ajusten ; from Old French ajoster, to join ; from a-, to + joster (see joust); influenced, influence by Old French juste ; from Classical Latin justus, just
verbad·just·ed, ad·just·ing, ad·justs
- a. To move or change (something) so as to be in a more effective arrangement or desired condition: adjust the timing of a car's engine; adjust a hearing aid to amplify lower frequencies.b. To change so as to be suitable to or conform with something else: adjusted the schedule to allow for everyone's vacation plans; adjusted the old monetary figures to account for inflation. See Synonyms at adapt.
- In chiropractic medicine, to manipulate (the spine and other body structures) to treat disorders and restore normal function of the nervous system.
- To decide how much is to be paid on (an insurance claim).
Origin of adjustObsolete French adjuster, from Old French ajoster, from Vulgar Latin *adiūxtāre, to put close to : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin iūxtā, near; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
- ad·just′er, ad·jus′tor
(third-person singular simple present adjusts, present participle adjusting, simple past and past participle adjusted)
- To modify.
- Morimoto's recipes are adjusted to suit the American palate.
- To improve or rectify.
- He adjusted his initial conclusion to reflect the new data.
- To settle an insurance claim.
- (intransitive) To change to fit circumstances.
- Most immigrants adjust quickly to a new community. She waited for her eyes to adjust to the darkness.