January 31, 2013
- adapt (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to make or become suitable; especially : to change so as to fit a new or specific use or situation
- How do you use it?
- Our scuba instructor showed us a camera that was adapted for underwater use.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think has the same meaning as "adapt"?"Adapt," "adjust," "conform," and "reconcile" mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. "Adapt" implies a modification according to changing circumstances, as in "The fish adapted quickly to the colder water." "Adjust" suggests bringing things into a close and exact correspondence or harmony, like the parts of a machine, as in "The budget was adjusted to allow for additional supplies." "Conform" applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle, as in "Many teenagers feel pressure to conform." "Reconcile" implies making things consistent or compatible when they seem inconsistent or incompatible, as in "I tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew."