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The word adjust and its family (adjusted, adjusting, adjustment, adjustments, adjusts, readjust, readjusted, readjusting, readjustment, readjustments, readjusts) 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 verb adjust

What does adjust mean as a doing word?

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

verb - inflections: adjusted | adjusting | adjusts

  1. alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  2. place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight
  3. adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
    • example: We must adjust to the bad economic situation
    • 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, adapt, assimilate, conform, fit, gear, readapt, readjust.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of adjust: adapt / conform
    • more generic term: get used to = get or become familiar or accustomed with through experience
    • more specific words:
  4. make correspondent or conformable
    • example: Adjust your eyes to the darkness
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: accommodate / adapt = make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
  5. decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim

Alternative definition of the verb adjust


  1. [transitive] To modify.
  2. [transitive] To improve or rectify.
  3. [transitive] To settle an insurance claim.


"Adjust" is a composition by Nina Diaz.

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Google previewFujifilm X100S (2014)

From Snapshots to Great Shots by Kevin Mullins

In manual mode, as mentioned, the only parameter of the exposure triangle that Auto ISO will adjust is the ISO level itself, and you would need to keep an eye on the exposure gauge in the viewfinder to ensure accurate exposures.

Google previewKant’s Practical Philosophy Reconsidered (2013)

Papers presented at the Seventh Jerusalem Philosophical Encounter, December 1986 by Yןirmiyahu Yovel

strategic skill — the capacity to maximize certain values which are externally given, to optimally adjust means to ends and offer the most efficient solutions to problems whose aims are presupposed. This, Kant would hold, is not “reason” ...

Google previewAdjustment Computations (2011)

Spatial Data Analysis by Charles D. Ghilani

ADJUST. ADJUST is the main computational program on the companion web site . It contains programs that either support computation of problems in the book or perform the computations. There are several least squares programs contained ...

Google previewRaspberry Pi For Dummies (2014)

by Sean McManus

The right button is called Adjust and is used for editing or dragging a window while maintaining its position in the order of windows. When you run RISC OS for the first time, a browser window will open up and you can read a number of pages ...

Google previewHead to Tail Wellness (2010)

Western Veterinary Medicine Meets Eastern Wisdom by Stacy Fuchino

The underlying reason for a pet's inability to adjust is that it was never able to process the fact that it was going to be faced with a change in the environment. No, you can't communicate verbally with a pet about such things, but you can do ...

Google previewAvid Uncut (2014)

Workflows, Tips, and Techniques from Hollywood Pros by Steve Hullfish

Stepping into adjust means you don't see the finished result. This can also bedone in the effect editor nowthat all nested effects are accessible there. If you tendto accidentallydoubleclick (asmany FCPeditors do), thenshowingthe nesting isjust ...

Google previewArbitration in Complex International Contracts (2001)

by Joachim Frick

The buyer's failure to adjust is a breach of contract. Hillman refers to this case as the "agreement model" and includes in it the situation in which contracts expressly provide for adjustment of terms in light of changed circumstances, as well as ...

Google previewThree Essays on Corporate Finance and Intermediation (2008)

ADJUST is the percentage change between the final offer price and middle point of initial filing range ENFORCEABILITY is the enforceability index of covenants not to compete. LOGAGE is the natural logarithm of 1 plus an issuing firm's age at ...

Google previewIreland, 1912-1985 (1989)

Politics and Society by Joseph Lee

The answer is yes, because all we wish to adjust is the mass of the naked electron, that is, the bare mass between V and F, and the quantum behaviour says that we cannot observe this region anyway (without upsetting the propagation of the ...

Google previewFamily-Centered Treatment With Struggling Young Adults (2013)

A Clinician’s Guide to the Transition From Adolescence to Autonomy by Brad Sachs

adjust is an ongoing, reciprocal process. Parents often find it helpful to find the support of other parents, preferably.

Google previewthe cambridge history of the british empire (1967)

Lord Durham the record of Upper Canada was one of normal growth, accompanied by the usual signs of growth — confusion, imperfect organisation, social friction and clumsy attempts to adjust means to ends. The so-called " rebellion " with ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

appendage, appendix, appurtenance, associate, colleague, complement, quality, subordinate, supplement adjure: appeal, beg, beseech, charge, entreat, exhort, implore, petition, plead adjust: accommodate, accustom, adapt, address, align, ...

Google previewThe Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (2009)

The A to Z Desktop Reference of Photoshop by Philip Andrews

Adjust the thumbnail preview to a view of 100% and tick the Preview option. Select Uniform for an even distribution of new pixels across the image, or pick Gaussian for a more speckled effect. 1 Tick the Monochromatic option to restrict the ...

Google previewThe Sterling Dictionary Of English For Everyday Use (2000)

by Arjuna Hulugalle

action adjust action n. 1 . activity; process; fact of doing something: .Vo action 11( 75 taken to punish the guilty. 2. way something works: The immediate action of water on plants is evident after a shower of rain. 3. movement: The soldiers sprang ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chromatography 2004 Update Supplement (2004)

by Jack Cazes

Rotor too tight→Adjust rotor tension. Valve misaligned→Adjust alignment. Blocked loop→Replace loop. Dirty syringe→Clean or replace syringe. Blocked lines→Clean or replace lines. Autoinjector problems No air pressure→Supply proper ...

Google previewThe Federal Reserve System: An Encyclopedia (2005)

An Encyclopedia by Rik W. Hafer

If policy actions are anticipated, then all that would happen is that prices would adjust and the real side of the economy—production, employment, etc.-would not be affected. The New Keynesian economists took this view of the world to task.

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2002)

by R. J. Barry Jones

adjust the policies they pursue at home and ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy: Entries A-F (2001)

by R. J. Barry Jones

adjust the policies they pursue at home and ...

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Usage statistics about adjust

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. (Dolly Parton)
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Scrabble value of A1D2J8U1S1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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