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adapt (verb) to change (to suit a particular purpose); to modify; to change one's behavior, to adjust oneself to the changing circumstances; to make changes in a book, novel, play, etc., to make it suitable for production on the stage, as a movie or as a TV program.
Changing the design of a car to make it suitable for use by the physically challenged, is to adapt its design for use by them. If a tool or a piece of equipment is modified for our special uses, it is adapted for our use. If you have a problem adjusting yourself to the changed circumstances, you fail to adapt yourself.
- The manager was a failure because he had difficulty adapting himself to the different work environment of this company.
- Three of his novels have been adapted for the stage and one for a movie, and all of them have been successful.
- The new technology has been adapted for use in tropical climates.