Definition of adaptation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌædæpˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌædæpˈteɪʃn//
    (less frequent adaption
    BrE BrE//əˈdæpʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdæpʃn//
    Types of play, Types of film
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  1. 1[countable] a film/movie, book or play that is based on a particular piece of work but that has been changed for a new situation a screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ See related entries: Types of play, Types of film
  2. 2[uncountable] the process of changing something, for example your behaviour, to suit a new situation the adaptation of desert species to the hot conditions
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French, from late Latin adaptatio(n-), from Latin adaptare, from ad- ‘to’ + aptare(from aptus ‘fit’).Extra examples Adaptations in plants occur over thousands of years. He specializes in screen adaptations of classic novels. The Antarctic species have few special adaptations for polar life. The process of adaptation to a new school is difficult for some children. a screen adaptation of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ adaptation to the workplace making adaptations to your home the adaptation of buildings for military purposes We’ve been studying the adaptation of species to hot conditions.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: adaptation