Definition of adjust verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    adjust

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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
  4. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the senses ‘harmonize discrepancies’ and ‘assess loss or damages’): from obsolete French adjuster, from Old French ajoster ‘to approximate’, based on Latin ad- ‘to’ + juxta ‘near’.Extra examples Children are sensitive to family attitudes and adjust their attitudes accordingly. It is important to have equipment that can be finely adjusted. It may take a little time to adjust to the climate here. Salaries are adjusted for inflation. She will gradually adjust to her new role. This estimate may have to be adjusted downwards.
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