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adjust

[uh-juhst] /əˈdʒʌst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, or conforms; adapt; accommodate:
to adjust expenses to income.
2.
to put in good working order; regulate; bring to a proper state or position:
to adjust an instrument.
3.
to settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result:
to adjust our differences.
4.
Insurance. to determine the amount to be paid in settlement of (a claim).
5.
to systematize.
6.
Military. to correct the elevation or deflection of (a gun).
verb (used without object)
7.
to adapt oneself; become adapted:
They had no problems in adjusting at the new school.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English ajusten < Anglo-French ajuster, Old French aj(o)uster to make conform to, verbal derivative, with a- a-5, of juste right, just1, influenced in sense by ajouter, ajoster to add < Late Latin adjuxtāre; see ad-, juxta-
Related forms
misadjust, verb
overadjust, verb
preadjust, verb (used with object)
self-adjusting, adjective
Synonyms
2. set; repair, fix. Adjust, adapt, alter in their literal meanings imply making necessary or desirable changes (as in position, shape, or the like). To adjust is to move into proper position for use: to adjust the eyepiece of a telescope. To adapt is to make a change in character, to make something useful in a new way: to adapt a paper clip for a hairpin. To alter is to change the appearance but not the use: to alter the height of a table. 3. arrange; rectify; reconcile.
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Examples for adjusting
  • Slightly adjusting your recipe, baking time, and temperature will give you the cookie you're looking for.
  • Add dahlias and calendulas one by one, adjusting their height with the pruners to achieve a pleasing balance.
  • Some cheeses don't need any adjusting to meet low-fat goals.
  • Position the center first, then each petal in turn, adjusting to avoid overlaps.
  • Experiment by laying a hose on the ground and adjusting its curves.
  • And they're adjusting to their new digs with zeal and curiosity.
  • But these words, so magical to the official mind, have no weight when these same officials are adjusting their own private lives.
  • The toilet is their great scene of business, and the right adjusting of their hair the principal employment of their lives.
  • Nations use different standards and procedures in collecting and adjusting the data.
  • He still seems to be adjusting to the world outside.
British Dictionary definitions for adjusting

adjust

/əˈdʒʌst/
verb
1.
(transitive) to alter slightly, esp to achieve accuracy; regulate to adjust the television
2.
to adapt, as to a new environment, etc
3.
(transitive) to put into order
4.
(transitive) (insurance) to determine the amount payable in settlement of (a claim)
Derived Forms
adjustable, adjective
adjustably, adverb
adjuster, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French adjuster, from ad- to + juste right, just
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Word Origin and History for adjusting
adjust
c.1600, "arrange, settle, compose," from O.Fr. ajoster "to join," from L.L. adjuxtare "to bring near," from L. ad- "to" + juxta "next," related to jungere "to join" (see jugular). Influenced by folk etymology derivation from L. justus "just, equitable, fair." Meaning "to get used to" first recorded 1924. Related: Adjustable; adjuster; adjustor (1895, of certain muscles; see -er).
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adjusting in Medicine

adjust ad·just (ə-jŭst')
v. ad·just·ed, ad·just·ing, ad·justs

  1. To bring into proper relationship.

  2. To treat disorders of the spine by correcting slight dislocations between vertebrae using chiropractic techniques.

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