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adapt

[uh-dapt] /əˈdæpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly:
They adapted themselves to the change quickly. He adapted the novel for movies.
verb (used without object)
2.
to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc.:
to adapt easily to all circumstances.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin adaptāre to fit, adjust, perhaps via French adapter. See ad-, apt
Related forms
adaptedness, noun
misadapt, verb
nonadapting, adjective
readapt, verb (used with object)
unadapted, adjective
well-adapted, adjective
Can be confused
adapt, adept, adopt.
Synonyms
1. fit, accommodate, suit, reconcile, conform; modify, rework, convert. See adjust.
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Examples from the web for adapted
  • They adapted existing hardware and software to make them suitable for imaging embryos.
  • And now we're sharing their secrets, adapted to the home kitchen, with you.
  • Agaves are adapted to rocky, native soils and won't need amendments.
  • The desert marigolds readily adapted to the sunny site.
  • These are excellent opportunities to purchase plants that are well-adapted to our climate and/or unique.
  • The garden design above is lovely and can be adapted for my part of the country.
  • As mangrove forests shrink worldwide, a menagerie of specially adapted animals that depend on them are at risk, too.
  • The animals would have evolved over time and adapted themselves to their respective environmental conditions.
  • With a bigger brain, bigger stronger cold adapted bodies, ability to create fire and speak.
  • In warm-climate-adapted populations, inhalations are not directed toward the narrow upper part of the nasal cavity for warming.
British Dictionary definitions for adapted

adapt

/əˈdæpt/
verb
1.
(often foll by to) to adjust (someone or something, esp oneself) to different conditions, a new environment, etc
2.
(transitive) to fit, change, or modify to suit a new or different purpose: to adapt a play for use in schools
Derived Forms
adaptable, adjective
adaptability, adaptableness, noun
adaptive, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin adaptāre, from ad- to + aptāre to fit, from aptusapt
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Word Origin and History for adapted

adapt

v.

early 15c. (implied in adapted) "to fit (something, for some purpose)," from Middle French adapter (14c.), from Latin adaptare "adjust," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + aptare "join," from aptus "fitted" (see apt). Meaning "to undergo modification so as to fit new circumstances" (intransitive) is from 1956. Related: Adapting.

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