to make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly:
They adapted themselves to the change quickly. He adapted the novel for movies.
to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc.:
to adapt easily to all circumstances.
And just like the 2012 election, by the time electoral realities force conservatives to adapt, it may already be too late.
After a Crushing Defeat, the Religious Right Still Won’t Get It Right David Sessions November 10, 2012
It can help the most vulnerable to adapt to changes already under way.
Shocking Climate-Change Photos Ban Ki-moon October 12, 2009
By the fall of 2007 we had a deal in place, with David to adapt.
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CBS, NBC, and eventually ABC managed to adapt from radio to the new media.
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Media people, always on perpetual deadline, can adapt even to the most arid surroundings.
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This condition will soon be remedied as the rings become polished and adapt themselves to the contour of the cylinder.
Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
She had changed her methods suddenly, and he had had no time to adapt himself to them.
The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
Marriage is such a risk, Ethel, but to marry without the courage to adapt oneself.
The Man Between Amelia E. Barr
There are also men who adapt themselves passively and are easily molded.
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Precisely what a species through thousands of generations of selection and survival might adapt itself to, is an open question.
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(often foll by to) to adjust (someone or something, esp oneself) to different conditions, a new environment, etc
(transitive) to fit, change, or modify to suit a new or different purpose: to adapt a play for use in schools
early 15c. (implied in adapted) “to fit (something, for some purpose),” from Middle French adapter (14c.), from Latin adaptare “adjust,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + aptare “join,” from aptus “fitted” (see apt). Meaning “to undergo modification so as to fit new circumstances” (intransitive) is from 1956. Related: Adapting.
A subset of APT.
[Sammet 1969, p. 606].
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adaplex language, database An extension of Ada for functional databases. [“Adaplex: Rationale and Reference Manual 2nd ed”, J.M. Smith et al, Computer Corp America, Cambridge MA, 1983]. (1995-02-14)
capable of being . able to adjust oneself readily to different conditions: an adaptable person. Contemporary Examples Holmes is the most adaptable of characters, having been portrayed by more actors than any other. ‘Elementary’ vs. ‘Sherlock’: Why There’s Room for More Than One Holmes Allen Barra November 28, 2012 She thinks the brand is adaptable […]
capable of being . able to adjust oneself readily to different conditions: an adaptable person. Contemporary Examples Its adaptability and breeding capabilities ensured that it would be selected for mass production on an unimaginable scale. The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity William O’Connor December 26, 2014 What it all comes […]
- Adaptable user interface
adaptable user interface tool, product (AUI, Oracle Toolkit) A toolkit from Oracle allowing applications to be written which will be portable between different windowing systems. AUI provides one call level interface along with a resource manager and editor across a range of “standard” GUIs, including Macintosh, Microsoft Windows and the X Window System. (1995-03-16)