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

  • transitive v. To change so as to match or fit; cause to correspond.
  • transitive v. To bring into proper relationship.
  • transitive v. To adapt or conform, as to new conditions: "unable to adjust themselves to their environment” ( Karl A. Menninger). See Synonyms at adapt.
  • transitive v. To bring the components of into a more effective or efficient calibration or state: adjust the timing of a car's engine.
  • transitive v. In chiropracty, to manipulate (the spine and other body structures) to treat disorders and restore normal function of the nervous system.
  • transitive v. To decide how much is to be paid on (an insurance claim).
  • intransitive v. To adapt oneself; conform.
  • intransitive v. To achieve a psychological balance with regard to one's external environment, one's needs, and the demands of others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To modify.
  • v. To improve or rectify.
  • v. To settle an insurance claim.
  • v. To change to fit circumstances.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make exact; to fit; to make correspondent or conformable; to bring into proper relations.
  • transitive v. To put in order; to regulate, or reduce to system.
  • transitive v. To settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result
  • transitive v. To bring to a true relative position, as the parts of an instrument; to regulate for use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fit, as one thing to another; make correspondent or conformable; adapt; accommodate: as, to adjust things to a standard.
  • To put in order; regulate or reduce to system; bring to a proper state or position: as, to adjust a scheme; to adjust affairs; “adjusting the orthography,” Johnson.
  • To settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result: as, to adjust accounts.
  • To put forward; suggest.
  • To add. Caxton.

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

  • v. place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight
  • v. alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  • v. decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
  • v. make correspondent or conformable
  • v. adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions


Obsolete French adjuster, from Old French ajoster, from Vulgar Latin *adiūxtāre, to put close to : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin iūxtā, near; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French adjuster, from Latin ad ("to, up to, towards") + iustus (justus, "correct, proper, exact") (Wiktionary)


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