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arranged or fitted properly:
Properly adjusted shelving will accommodate books of various heights.
adapted to surroundings or circumstances (often used in combination):
a well-adjusted child.
to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, or conforms; adapt; accommodate:
to adjust expenses to income.
to put in good working order; regulate; bring to a proper state or position:
to adjust an instrument.
to settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result:
to adjust our differences.
Insurance. to determine the amount to be paid in settlement of (a claim).
to systematize.
Military. to correct the elevation or deflection of (a gun).
to adapt oneself; become adapted:
They had no problems in adjusting at the new school.
Contemporary Examples

The price of a ticket, adjusted for inflation, has fallen sharply since the industry was deregulated in 1979.
Think American Airlines Is Rotten? You Have No Idea How Good You Have It Patrick Smith October 10, 2012

Rumsfeld: I’m not part of the Arab world, and it’s hard for me to know precisely what their image was and how it’s been adjusted.
Donald Rumsfeld on What Went Right John Barry February 7, 2011

And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!
Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’ Asawin Suebsaeng January 6, 2015

When we came together again in our late fifties, her faith had adjusted and grown.
I Lost My Faith Eric Lax March 17, 2011

Meanwhile, bear in mind that the top 5% of taxpayers starts at about $154,000 adjusted gross income.
Why Can’t Romney’s Tax Cuts Deliver as Promised? David Frum October 16, 2012

Historical Examples

It was only years later that the ones in the smaller compartment had been adjusted to the other frequency.
Earth Alert! Kris Neville

The preliminaries of the negotiation were adjusted at this interview.
The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson Robert Southey

Each time the bare boards creaked beneath his weight, no matter how stealthily this weight was adjusted, his heart missed a beat.
The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood

Even Miss Ware smiled a little, and adjusted her gold beads.
Tiverton Tales Alice Brown

Some instances of inconsistent spellings were adjusted when found corrected in an alternate edition of this book.
Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon T. N. Hibben

(transitive) to alter slightly, esp to achieve accuracy; regulate: to adjust the television
to adapt, as to a new environment, etc
(transitive) to put into order
(transitive) (insurance) to determine the amount payable in settlement of (a claim)

late 14c., ajusten, “to correct, remedy;” reborrowed by c.1600 in sense “arrange, settle, compose,” from Middle French adjuster, Old French ajouter “to join” (12c.), from Late Latin adjuxtare “to bring near,” from Latin ad- “to” (see ad-) + juxta “next,” related to jungere “to join” (see jugular).

Influenced by folk etymology derivation from Latin iustus “just, equitable, fair.” Meaning “to arrange (something) so as to conform with (a standard or another thing)” is from 1660s. Insurance sense is from 1755. Meaning “to get used to” first recorded 1924. Related: Adjusted; adjusting.

adjust ad·just (ə-jŭst’)
v. ad·just·ed, ad·just·ing, ad·justs

To bring into proper relationship.

To treat disorders of the spine by correcting slight dislocations between vertebrae using chiropractic techniques.


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