adapt


adapt
a|dapt
W3 [əˈdæpt] v
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: adapter, from Latin adaptare, from ad- 'to' + aptare 'to make fit', from aptus; APT]
1.) [I and T]
to gradually change your behaviour and attitudes in order to be successful in a new situation
adapt to
The children are finding it hard to adapt to the new school.
flowers which are well adapted to harsh winters
The ability to adapt is a definite asset in this job.
adapt yourself/itself etc (to sth)
How do these insects adapt themselves to new environments?
2.) [T]
to change something to make it suitable for a different purpose
adapt sth to do sth
The car has been adapted to take unleaded gas.
adapt sth for sb
These teaching materials can be adapted for older children.
3.) [T usually passive]
if a book or play is adapted for film, television etc, it is changed so that it can be made into a film, television programme etc
be adapted for sth
Many children buy books after they have been adapted for television.
>adapted adj
She lives in a specially adapted flat.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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