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Meaning of “adaptation” in the English Dictionary

"adaptation" in British English

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adaptationnoun

uk   us   /ˌæd.əpˈteɪ.ʃən/ (also adaption /əˈdæp.ʃən/ )
C1 [U] the ​process of ​changing to ​suit different ​conditions: Evolution ​occurs as a ​result of adaptation to new ​environments. [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-sellingnovel.
(Definition of adaptation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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adaptationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌæd·əpˈteɪ·ʃən, -ˌæp-/
something ​produced to ​adjust to different ​conditions or uses, or to ​meet different ​situations: [C] The ​movie was an adaptation of a ​novel. biology a ​characteristic of a ​plant or ​animal that makes it ​able to ​adjust to the ​conditions of a ​particularenvironment
(Definition of adaptation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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