Adjust Definition

adjusted, adjusting, adjusts
adjusted, adjusting, adjusts
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.
American Heritage
To change so as to fit, conform, make suitable, etc.
Webster's New World
To come into conformity, as with one's surroundings; become suited, as to one's associates, circumstances, etc.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To make accurate by regulating.
To adjust a watch.
Webster's New World

Origin of Adjust

  • Obsolete French adjuster from Old French ajoster from Vulgar Latin adiūxtāre to put close to Latin ad- ad- Latin iūxtā near yeug- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle French adjuster, from Latin ad (“to, up to, towards”) + iustus (justus, “correct, proper, exact”)

    From Wiktionary


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