adjust

[[t]əʤʌ̱st[/t]]
♦♦♦
adjusts, adjusting, adjusted
1) VERB When you adjust to a new situation, you get used to it by changing your behaviour or your ideas.
See also well-adjusted

[V n to n] We have been preparing our fighters to adjust themselves to civil society...

[V to n] I felt I had adjusted to the idea of being a mother very well...

It has been hard to adjust but now I'm getting satisfaction from my work. [Also V adv]

2) VERB If you adjust something, you change it so that it is more effective or appropriate.

[V n] To attract investors, Panama has adjusted its tax and labour laws.

3) VERB If you adjust something such as your clothing or a machine, you correct or alter its position or setting.

[V n] She adjusted her head scarf fussily...

[V n] Liz adjusted her mirror and then edged the car out of its parking bay.

4) V-ERG If you adjust your vision or if your vision adjusts, the muscles of your eye or the pupils alter to cope with changes in light or distance.

[V n] He stopped to try to adjust his vision to the faint starlight...

We stood in the doorway until our eyes adjusted...

[V-ed] It was a few moments before his eyes became adjusted to the bright glare of the sun.


English dictionary. 2008.

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