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

        

    adapt

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
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    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//
     
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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 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. 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
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from French adapter, from Latin adaptare, from ad- ‘to’ + aptare (from aptus ‘fit’).Extra examples Some animals have a remarkable ability to adapt to changing environments. The children have adapted well to the heat. The classroom has been specially adapted to take wheelchairs. The company can easily adapt to changing demand. The radio play had been adapted from a novel. We need to assess the new situation and adapt accordingly. to adapt a book for television.
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