verb Etymology: French or Latin; French adapter, from Latin adaptare, from ad- + aptare to fit, from aptus apt, fit Date: 15th century transitive verb to make fit (as for a specific or new use or situation) often by modification intransitive verb to become adapted • adaptedness noun Synonyms: adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances <
adapted themselves to the warmer climate
. adjust suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism <
adjusted the budget to allow for inflation
. accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence <
accommodated his political beliefs in order to win
. conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle <
refused to conform to society's values
. reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible <
tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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