- 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 [intransitive, transitive] to change your behaviour 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 [transitive] adapt something (for something) (from something) to change a book or play so that it can be made into a play, film/movie, television programme, etc. Three of her novels have been adapted for television. See related entries: Writing and publishing, Producing TV shows, Film reviews and promotion Word Origin late Middle English: from French adapter, from Latin adaptare, from ad-
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BrE BrE//əˈdæpt//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdæpt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they adapt
BrE BrE//əˈdæpt//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdæpt//he / she / it adapts
BrE BrE//əˈdæpts//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdæpts//past simple adapted
BrE BrE//əˈdæptɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdæptɪd//past participle adapted
BrE BrE//əˈdæptɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdæptɪd//-ing form adapting
BrE BrE//əˈdæptɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdæptɪŋ//Writing and publishing, Producing TV shows, Film reviews and promotion