Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make suitable to or fit for a specific use or situation.
  • intransitive v. To become adapted: a species that has adapted well to winter climes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make suitable; to make to correspond; to fit or suit; to proportion.
  • v. To fit by alteration; to modify or remodel for a different purpose; to adjust: as, to adapt a story or a foreign play for the stage; to adapt an old machine to a new manufacture.
  • v. To make by altering or fitting something else; to produce by change of form or character: as, to bring out a play adapted from the French; a word of an adapted form.
  • v. To change oneself so as to be adapted.
  • adj. Adapted; fit; suited; suitable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fitted; suited.
  • transitive v. To make suitable; to fit, or suit; to adjust; to alter so as to fit for a new use; -- sometimes followed by to or for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make suitable; make to correspond; fit or suit; proportion.
  • To fit by alteration; modify or remodel for a different purpose: as, to adapt a story or a foreign play for the stage; to adapt an old machine to a new manufacture. To make by altering or fitting something else; produce by change of form or character: as, to bring out a play adapted from the French; a word of an adapted form.
  • Adapted; fit; suitable.
  • Same as immunize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
  • v. adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

Etymologies

Middle English adapten, from Latin adaptāre : ad-, ad- + aptāre, to fit (from aptus, fitting; see apt).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French adapter, from Latin adaptare ("to fit to"), from ad ("to") + aptare ("to make fit"), from aptus ("fit"); see apt. (Wiktionary)

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