Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move or change (something) so as to be in a more effective arrangement or desired condition.
  • intransitive verb To change so as to be suitable to or conform with something else: synonym: adapt.
  • intransitive verb In chiropractic medicine, to manipulate (the spine and other body structures) to treat disorders and restore normal function of the nervous system.
  • intransitive verb To decide how much is to be paid on (an insurance claim).
  • intransitive verb To become adapted or accustomed, as to a new situation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To modify.
  • verb transitive To improve or rectify.
  • verb transitive To settle an insurance claim.
  • verb intransitive To change to fit circumstances.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French adjuster, from Latin ad ("to, up to, towards") + iustus (justus, "correct, proper, exact")

Examples

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  • Some people just have to adjust from the type "A" self defense type of lifestyle.

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  • Now, most designer labels adjust only sizing, colors and fit to suit different markets.

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  • (So the labels adjust automatically as you reorder pages and / or add / remove pages, or alter some document attributes.

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  • With cheaper-specced trailers, the adjuster extending from the ram to the brake drums is on a splined shaft and the only way to adjust is to remove the circlip (which often involves getting the gas torch out).

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  • With cheaper-specced trailers, the adjuster extending from the ram to the brake drums is on a splined shaft and the only way to adjust is to remove the circlip (which often involves getting the gas torch out).

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  • Rather than helping major record labels adjust to the changing market, it continually, repeatedly and publicly destroyed its own reputation and the reputation of the labels -- each time shrinking their potential market by blaming the very people they should have been working to turn into customers.

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  • Rather than helping major record labels adjust to the changing market, it continually, repeatedly and publicly destroyed its own reputation and the reputation of the labels -- each time shrinking their potential market by blaming the very people they should have been working to turn into customers.

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