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English definition of “adjust”


verb     /əˈdʒʌst/
[T] to change something slightly to make it fit , work better , or be more suitable : You may need to adjust the image on your screen to keep it centered . They fail to update information on an ongoing basis and adjust sales strategies accordingly . Contractors have been slow to adjust their recruiting strategies to take account of these changes .
[T] to change figures slightly according to inflation , the time of year , etc. so that they can be compared in a useful way with other figures : adjust sth for sth Payouts from the fund , when adjusted for inflation , are 20% less today than they were 10 years ago. The region's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.9% this spring .
[I] to become more familiar with a new situation : adjust to sth Restaurant owners will get additional time to adjust to the new regulations .
[T] INSURANCE to decide how much money will be paid to an insurance customer or to pay them the money : adjust a claim We adjust flood-related claims according to general company and industry standards . → See also inflation-adjusted
(Definition of adjust verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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