Meaning of “adapt” in the English Dictionary

"adapt" in British English

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adaptverb

uk /əˈdæpt/ us /əˈdæpt/

adapt verb (CHANGE)

B2 [ T ] 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.

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  • To remain competitive the company has to be able to adapt to the changing marketplace.
  • We live in a changing world and people must learn to adapt.
  • The two cultures were so utterly disparate that she found it hard to adapt from one to the other.
  • The novel has been adapted for screen by a famous Hollywood director.
  • The best-selling computer game has been adapted for a younger audience.
adapted
adjective uk /əˈdæp.tɪd/ us /əˈdæp.tɪd/

Both trees are well adapted to London's dry climate and dirty air.

(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 /əˈdæpt/ us

[ I ] to become familiar with a new situation:

adapt to sth To remain competitive the company has to be able to adapt to the changing marketplace.
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)