Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: adapter, from Latin adaptare, from ad- 'to' + aptare 'to make fit', from aptus; APT


Related topics: Literature, Theatre
a‧dapt W3
1 [intransitive and transitive] 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 something)
How do these insects adapt themselves to new environments?
2 [transitive] to change something to make it suitable for a different purpose
adapt something to do something
The car has been adapted to take unleaded gas.
adapt something for somebody
These teaching materials can be adapted for older children.
3 [transitive usually passive]ALAPT 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 something
Many children buy books after they have been adapted for television.
adapted adjective:
She lives in a specially adapted flat.
WORD FOCUS: change WORD FOCUS: change
to change something: alter, adapt, adjust, amend, modify, revise, vary

to change a system or organization: restructure, reorganize, reform

to change something completely: transform, revolutionize

to change facts or information, or change what someone has said: twist, distort, misrepresent

easily changed: flexible, adaptable

impossible to change: fixed, final, irrevocable

See also

Dictionary results for "adapt"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.