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"adapt" in British English

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adaptverb

uk   us   /əˈdæpt/
  • adapt verb (CHANGE)

B2 [T] to ​change something to ​suit different ​conditions or uses: Many ​softwarecompanies have adapted ​popularprograms to the new ​operatingsystem. The ​recipe here is a ​porkroast adapted from Caroline O'Neill's ​book "Louisiana Kitchen". [+ to infinitive] We had to adapt ​ourplans tofit Jack's ​timetable. The ​play had been adapted for (= ​changed to make it ​suitable for)children. Davies is ​busy adapting Brinkworth's ​latestnovel fortelevision.

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  • adapt verb (BECOME FAMILIAR)

B2 [I] to ​becomefamiliar with a new ​situation: The good thing about ​children is that they adapt very ​easily to new ​environments. It took me a while to adapt to the new ​job.
adapted
adjective uk   us   /əˈdæp.tɪd/
Both ​trees are well adapted to London's ​dryclimate and ​dirtyair.
(Definition of adapt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adapt" in American English

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adaptverb [I/T]

 us   /əˈdæpt/
to ​adjust to different ​conditions or uses, or to ​change to ​meet different ​situations
(Definition of adapt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"adapt" in Business English

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adaptverb

uk   us   /əˈdæpt/
[I] to become familiar with a new ​situation: adapt to sth To remain ​competitive the ​company has to be able to adapt to the ​changingmarketplace. adapt to doing sth Dick has adapted very well to ​running a ​multinational.
[T] to ​change something to ​suit different ​conditions or uses: Sometimes you have to adapt the ​design to ​suit the customer's ​requirements.adapt sth for sth It was the first ​time a British ​brewer had adapted a ​product for French tastes.
adapted
adjective
This adapted ​procedure was problematic in many ways.
(Definition of adapt from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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