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The word adapt and its family (adaptability, adaptable, adaptation, adaptations, adapted, adapting, adaptive, adapts) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the adjective adapt

What does adapt mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. Adapted; fit; suited; suitable.

Definition of the verb adapt

What does adapt mean as a doing word?

Adapt is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: adapted | adapting | adapts

  1. make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
    • example: Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of adapt: accommodate
    • more generic words: alter / change / vary = become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
    • more specific words:
  2. adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He adapted himself
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Destination, object control with -ing]He adapted himself to waking up early
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Destination, not sentential clause]He adapted himself to the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Destination]He adapted to the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Destination, subject control with -ing]He adapted to waking up early

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): accommodate, adjust, assimilate, conform, fit, gear, readapt, readjust.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of adapt: adjust / conform
    • more generic term: get used to = get or become familiar or accustomed with through experience
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb adapt


  1. [transitive] To make suitable; to make to correspond; to fit or suit; to proportion.
  2. [transitive] To fit by alteration; to modify or remodel for a different purpose; to adjust: as, to adapt a story or a foreign play for the stage; to adapt an old machine to a new manufacture.
  3. [transitive] To make by altering or fitting something else; to produce by change of form or character: as, to bring out a play adapted from the French; a word of an adapted form.
  4. [intransitive] To change oneself so as to be adapted.


  1. "Adapt" is a 2004 album by Trace Bundy. This 2-disc set includes a full-length studio CD and a full-feature live DVD; recorded live at Flatirons Theater, June 30, 2004.
  2. "Adapt" is a musical EP of Milanese.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  3. "Adapt" is a musical album of Salamander.


ADAPT is a grassroots United States disability rights organization with chapters in 30 states. It is known for being part of the militant wing of the disability rights movement due to its history of nonviolent direct action in order to bring attention to the lack of civil rights the disability community has. However, ADAPT also practices legislative policy advocacy, grassroots education and mobilization, and individual members may engage in legal advocacy, as in the case of individual ADAPT members suing the Chicago Transit Authority in the 1980s.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Adapt

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Google previewProducing and Directing the Short Film and Video (2015)

by Peter Rea, David K. Irving

One obvious reason to adapt is that you have already found a story that has inspired you to produce it as a motion picture. A short story comes with builtin characters, plot, setting, and a theme or central idea. You may have been moved by the ...

Google previewGlobal Entertainment Media: A Critical Introduction (2015)

by Lee Artz

Mediaset illustrates the hegemonic appeal that the transnational agenda pledges for all TNMCs: adopting a cross‐border production and distribution regimen brings economic rewards; failure to adapt means death by national and domestic ...

Google previewReconstructing Individualism (2012)

A Pragmatic Tradition from Emerson to Ellison by James M. Albrecht

In the broadest terms, James notes, moral selfhood encompasses all that education teaches us about reasonable choice—“the whole of one's training to moral and prudential conduct, and of one's learning to adapt means to.

Google previewIndustry and Trade (2006)

by Alfred Marshall

That phrase could not have been understood in a primitive society: and there is a sense in which it may be argued that business operations are merely one drift of a tendency to adapt means to ends, which is universal throughout all forms of ...

Google previewGovernance as a Trialogue: Government-Society-Science in Transition (2007)

by Anthony R. Turton, Johanna Hanlie Hattingh, Gillian A. Maree, Dirk J. Roux, Marius Claassen, Wilma F. Strydom

Adaptation, Responsiveness and Organisational Culture To adapt means making something suitable for a new use or purpose, or becoming adjusted to new conditions, while to respond is to do something in reply or as a reaction (Concise ...

Google previewKeeping Your Career on Track (2011)

Twenty Success Strategies by Craig Chappelow, Jean Brittain Leslie

More than ever, the ability to adapt is an important component to executive success. Managers who remain successful become more self-controlling and relaxed over time and remain so during the toughest situations (workforce reductions, ...

Google previewCritical Issues in Social Theory (2010)

by John K. Rhoads

Norms are standards that rationally adapt means to well-defined collective ends. Hence, the social system operates ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Disability (2005)

by Gary L Albrecht

Each local ADAPT group develops its own style and structure, with decisions typically made through group consensus at meetings. Local groups often take on particular local issues but are united in a shared vision at the national level.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (2000)

Volume 25 - Supplement 4 by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

Software maintenance is the term commonly used to denote the process of modifying programs to correct discovered faults, improve performance or other quality attributes, adapt to changed or changing environments and conditions, and ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

Adam's rib Eve Adam was the first human, man adapt acclimatise, accommodate, adjust, alter, apply, attune, change, comply, conform, convert, fashion, fit, habituate, make, match, moderate, modify, prepare, qualify, reconcile, remodel, shape, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology (2006)

by Trauth, Eileen M.

or cognitive style differences explain IS professionals' ability to adapt to technological innovations and related changes in work practices. Over the past ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Acronyms, Initialisms, Abbreviations and Symbols (2003)

by Fioretta. Benedetto Mattia

ADAPT Accent on Developing Abstract Processes and Thought. ADAPT ...

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Usage statistics about adapt

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Quotes about Adapt

Reasonable men adapt to the world around them; unreasonable men make the world adapt to them. The world is changed by unreasonable men. (Edwin Louis Cole)
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Scrabble value of A1D2A1P3T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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