adapt

[[t]ədæ̱pt[/t]]
adapts, adapting, adapted
1) VERB If you adapt to a new situation or adapt yourself to it, you change your ideas or behaviour in order to deal with it successfully.

[V to n] The world will be different, and we will have to be prepared to adapt to the change...

[V pron-refl to n] They have been tightening their belts for months, adapting themselves to a war economy. [Also V]

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2) VERB If you adapt something, you change it to make it suitable for a new purpose or situation.

[V n] Shelves were built to adapt the library for use as an office. [Also V n to n]

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3) VERB If you adapt a book or play, you change it so that it can be made into a film or a television programme.

[V n] The scriptwriter helped him to adapt his novel for the screen...

[V n] The film has been adapted from a play of the same title.

4) See also adapted

English dictionary. 2008.

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