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verb adapt pronunciation in American English /əˈdæpt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleadapting
past tenseadapted
past participleadapted
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  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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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