adjust
verb Etymology: Middle English ajusten, from Old French ajuster to make conform, from a- (from Latin ad-) + juste right, exact — more at just Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to bring to a more satisfactory state: (1) settle, resolve (2) rectify b. to make correspondent or conformable ; adapt c. to bring the parts of to a true or more effective relative position <
adjust a carburetor
>
2. to reduce to a system ; regulate 3. to determine the amount to be paid under an insurance policy in settlement of (a loss) intransitive verb 1. to adapt or conform oneself (as to new conditions) 2. to achieve mental and behavioral balance between one's own needs and the demands of others Synonyms: see adaptadjustability nounadjustable adjectiveadjustive adjective

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  • adjust — ad·just vt 1 a: to determine the amount to be paid under an insurance policy in settlement of (a loss) b: to make new arrangements with creditors for the payment of (the debts of a debtor in bankruptcy) 2: to calculate in accordance with a system …   Law dictionary

  • adjust — ad‧just [əˈdʒʌst] verb [transitive] 1. to make small changes to something in order to correct or improve it: • Their monthly repayments are adjusted once a year. 2. seasonally adjusted ACCOUNTING seasonally adjusted figures have been changed… …   Financial and business terms

  • Adjust — Ad*just , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adjusted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adjusting}.] [OF. ajuster, ajoster (whence F. ajouter to add), LL. adjuxtare to fit; fr. L. ad + juxta near; confused later with L. ad and justus just, right, whence F. ajuster to adjust …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adjust — Three new uses of this verb entered the language in the 20c: 1. Intransitive, with or without to: to adapt oneself to something • (She seemed to have adjusted to her new status with little difficulty L. Niven, 1983 • She needs time to adjust S.… …   Modern English usage

  • adjust — [ə just′] vt. [ME ajusten < OFr ajoster, to join < a , to + joster (see JOUST); infl. by OFr juste < L justus, JUST1] 1. to change so as to fit, conform, make suitable, etc. 2. to make accurate by regulating [to adjust a watch] 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • adjust — [v1] become or make prepared, adapted acclimatize, accommodate, accustom, adapt, alter, arrange, compose, conform, dispose, do as Romans do*, doctor*, fiddle with*, fine tune, fit, fix, fix up, get act together*, get it together*, grin and bear… …   New thesaurus

  • adjust — (v.) late 14c., ajusten, to correct, remedy; reborrowed by c.1600 in sense arrange, settle, compose, from M.Fr. adjuster, O.Fr. ajouter to join (12c.), from L.L. adjuxtare to bring near, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + juxta next, related to …   Etymology dictionary

  • adjust — ► VERB 1) alter slightly so as to achieve a desired result. 2) become used to a new situation. 3) assess (loss or damages) when settling an insurance claim. DERIVATIVES adjustability noun adjustable adjective adjuster noun adjustment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • adjust — 01. It has taken me a long time to [adjust] to life in North America. 02. Jack had difficulty [adjusting] to life on his own after his wife passed away. 03. My ski bindings are loose. I think I should [adjust] them before I go skiing again. 04.… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • adjust */*/ — UK [əˈdʒʌst] / US verb Word forms adjust : present tense I/you/we/they adjust he/she/it adjusts present participle adjusting past tense adjusted past participle adjusted 1) a) [transitive] to change something slightly in order to make it better,… …   English dictionary

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