adapt

[uh-dapt]
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:
1605–15; < Latin adaptāre to fit, adjust, perhaps via French adapter. See ad-, apt

adaptedness, noun
misadapt, verb
nonadapting, adjective
readapt, verb (used with object)
unadapted, adjective
well-adapted, adjective

adapt, adept, adopt.


1. fit, accommodate, suit, reconcile, conform; modify, rework, convert. See adjust.
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adapt (əˈdæpt)
 
vb
1.  (often foll by to) to adjust (someone or something, esp oneself) to different conditions, a new environment, etc
2.  (tr) to fit, change, or modify to suit a new or different purpose: to adapt a play for use in schools
 
[C17: from Latin adaptāre, from ad- to + aptāre to fit, from aptusapt]
 
a'daptable
 
adj
 
adapta'bility
 
n
 
a'daptableness
 
n
 
a'daptive
 
adj

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adapt
c.1600 (implied in adapted) "to fit (something, for some purpose)," from M.Fr. adapter (14c.), from L. adaptare "adjust," from ad- "to" + aptare "join," from aptus "fitted" (see apt). Meaning "to undergo modification so as to fit new circumstances" (intr.) is from 1956.
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Example sentences
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.
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