|Origin:||adapter, from Latin adaptare, from ad- 'to' + aptare 'to make fit', from aptus; APT|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to gradually change your behaviour and attitudes in order to be successful in a new situation
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?
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:WORD FOCUS: change
She lives in a specially adapted flat.
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 change