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Definition of adapt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they adapt
    he / she / it adapts
    past simple adapted
    -ing form adapting
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  1. 1[transitive] to change something in order to make it suitable for a new use or situation synonym modify adapt something These styles can be adapted to suit individual tastes. adapt something for something Most of these tools have been specially adapted for use by disabled people.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to change your behavior in order to deal more successfully with a new situation synonym adjust It's amazing how soon you adapt. The organisms were forced to adapt in order to survive. adapt to something We have had to adapt quickly to the new system. A large organization can be slow to adapt to change. adapt yourself to something It took him a while to adapt himself to his new surroundings.
  3. 3[transitive] adapt something (for something) (from something) to change a book or play so that it can be made into a play, movie, TV show, etc. Three of her novels have been adapted for television.
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