- 1 [transitive] to change something slightly to make it more suitable for a new set of conditions or to make it work better adjust something Watch out for sharp bends and adjust your speed accordingly. This button is for adjusting the volume. The brakes need to be adjusted. adjust something to something Adjust your language to the age of your audience.
- 2 [intransitive, transitive] to get used to a new situation by changing the way you behave and/or think synonym adapt They'll be fine—they just need time to adjust. adjust to something After a while his eyes adjusted to the dark. adjust to doing something It took her a while to adjust to living alone. It can be difficult to adjust to being a parent. adjust yourself to something You'll quickly adjust yourself to student life. My eyes were still trying to adjust themselves to the strong sunlight.
- 3[transitive] adjust something to move something slightly so that it looks neater or feels more comfortable He smoothed his hair and adjusted his tie. see also well adjusted Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the senses ‘harmonize discrepancies’ and ‘assess loss or damages’): from obsolete French adjuster, from Old French ajoster
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BrE BrE//əˈdʒʌst//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒʌst//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they adjust
BrE BrE//əˈdʒʌst//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒʌst//he / she / it adjusts
BrE BrE//əˈdʒʌsts//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒʌsts//past simple adjusted
BrE BrE//əˈdʒʌstɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒʌstɪd//past participle adjusted
BrE BrE//əˈdʒʌstɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒʌstɪd//-ing form adjusting
BrE BrE//əˈdʒʌstɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒʌstɪŋ//