Adapt meaning

ə-dăpt
The definition of adapt is to adjust or modify something or to a particular situation or circumstance.

Changing a lesson plan to suit both special education students and Honors students is an example of to adapt.

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To adjust oneself.
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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.

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To cause to be able to survive and reproduce under certain conditions. Used in the passive.

A species that is adapted to a particular environment.

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To make suitable to or fit for a specific use or situation.
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(intransitive) To change oneself so as to be adapted.

They could not adapt to the new climate and so perished.

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To cause to be able to survive and reproduce under certain conditions. Used in the passive.
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To make fit or suitable by changing or adjusting.
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To adjust (oneself) to new or changed circumstances.
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To become adapted.

A species that has adapted to a low-oxygen environment.

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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.
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Adapted; fit; suited; suitable.

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To become adapted.

A species that has adapted to a low-oxygen environment.

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To make suitable; to make to correspond; to fit or suit; to proportion.
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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.
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Origin of adapt

  • Middle English adapten from Latin adaptāre ad- ad- aptāre to fit (from aptus fitting apt)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French adapter, from Latin adaptare (“to fit to”), from ad (“to”) + aptare (“to make fit”), from aptus (“fit”); see apt.

    From Wiktionary