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Meaning of “adjust” in the English Dictionary

"adjust" in British English

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adjustverb

uk   us   /əˈdʒʌst/
  • adjust verb (MAKE CHANGES)

B2 [T] to ​change something ​slightly, ​especially to make it more ​correct, ​effective, or ​suitable: If the ​chair is too high you can adjust it to ​suit you. As a ​teacher you have to adjust ​yourmethods to ​suit the ​needs of ​slowerchildren. [T] to ​arrangeyourclothing to make yourself ​looktidy: She adjusted her ​skirt, took a ​deepbreath, and ​walked into the ​room.

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  • adjust verb (BECOME FAMILIAR)

B2 [I] to ​become more ​familiar with a new ​situation: I can't adjust to living on my own. Her ​eyesslowly adjusted to the ​dark. The ​lifestyle is so very different - it ​takes a while to adjust.
(Definition of adjust from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adjust" in American English

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adjustverb [I/T]

 us   /əˈdʒʌst/
to ​change something ​slightly to make it ​fit, ​workbetter, or be more ​suitable: [T] Adjust the ​angle of ​yourmonitor so you can ​easilyread it. [I] You need ​time to adjust to a new ​situation.
adjustable
adjective  us   /əˈdʒʌs·tə·bəl/
The ​height of the ​steeringwheel is adjustable.
adjustment
noun [C/U]  us   /əˈdʒʌst·mənt/
[C] Only a few adjustments were ​needed to make her ​dressfitperfectly.
(Definition of adjust from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"adjust" in Business English

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adjustverb

uk   us   /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 ​updateinformation on an ongoing ​basis and adjust ​salesstrategies accordingly. Contractors have been ​slow to adjust their ​recruitingstrategies to take ​account of these ​changes.
[T] to ​changefigures 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 adjustedunemploymentrate was 8.9% this spring.
[I] to become more familiar with a new ​situation: adjust to sth Restaurant ​owners will get ​additionaltime to adjust to the new ​regulations.
[T] INSURANCE to decide how much ​money will be ​paid to an ​insurancecustomer or to ​pay them the ​money: adjust a claim We adjust flood-related ​claims according to ​generalcompany and ​industrystandards.
(Definition of adjust from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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