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English definition of “adapt”

adapt

verb [T] (CHANGE)    /əˈdæpt/
B2 to change something to suit different conditions or uses: Many software companies have adapted popular programs to the new operating system . The recipe here is a pork roast adapted from Caroline O'Neill's book "Louisiana Kitchen ". [+ to infinitive] We had to adapt our plans to fit Jack's timetable . The play had been adapted for (= changed to make it suitable for) children . Davies is busy adapting Brinkworth's latest novel for television .Adapting and modifying ChangingAdapting and attuning to something adapted     /əˈdæp.tɪd/ adjective Both trees are well adapted to London's dry climate and dirty air .Adapting and modifying ChangingAdapting and attuning to somethingAdapting and attuning to somethingAdapting and modifying Changing
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