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verb adapt pronunciation in American English /əˈdæpt/ 
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I/you/we/theyadapt
he/she/itadapts
present participleadapting
past tenseadapted
past participleadapted
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to change your ideas or behavior so that you can deal with a new situation

    The company was accused of being slow to adapt.

    adapt to:

    Most students have little difficulty adapting to college life.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to change something to make it more appropriate for a new use or situation

      Courses can be adapted to suit the needs of each person.

      a specially adapted car

      adapt for:

      You can adapt this fabric for anything from divers' suits to gloves.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to change a book or play so that it can be made into a movie, TV program, etc.
    adapt something from something:

    The movie is adapted from a Michael Crichton novel.

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