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English definition of “adaptation”

adaptation

noun     /ˌæd.əpˈteɪ.ʃən/
C1 [U] the process of changing to suit different conditions: Evolution occurs as a result of adaptation to new environments.Adapting and modifying ChangingAdapting and attuning to something [C] a film, book, play, etc. that has been made from another film, book, play, etc.: Last year he starred in the film adaptation of Bill Cronshaw's best-selling novel.Types of film, play, book etc.
(Definition of adaptation noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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