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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 previewThe Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (1911)

Osteopath- ically, adjust is a law because it is a relation between facts. Adjustment is an art and as a consequence there is great variation in the ability of osteopaths. Skill, experience, perseverance, natural ability are all factors. Technique at ...

Google previewAdjustment Computations (2011)

Spatial Data Analysis by Charles D. Ghilani

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 in ...

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 previewthe cambridge history of the british empire (1967)

peace and the arrival of 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.

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 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 British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

90* ; adjust the bubble by raising or depressing the polar axis (first by hand till it be nearly right, afterwards tighten with an ivory key the socket which runs on the arch with the polar axis, and then apply the same ivory key to the adjusting screw ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

rizon; then adjust the level by the pinion of the declination semicircle; reverse the level and, if it be wrong, correct half the error by a small steel screw that lies under one end of the level, and the other half error by the pinion of the declination ...

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 previewEncyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set (2013)

by Kevin Shillington

To achieve the latter would require investment expenditures, both by the private and public sectors, to adjust the production structure to changing demand in the world economy. Over the period of policy-based lending the growth rate of ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Communications & Office Automation - Communications & Office Automation (2009)

audio console Console made up of all the devices used to control, adjust and mix sound. video switcher technician producer Person in charge of the technical and artistic direction while a movie or a ...

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Usage statistics about adjust

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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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