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verb     adjust pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participleadjusting
past tenseadjusted
past participleadjusted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to change something slightly in order to make it better, more accurate, or more effective

    Stir in the lemon juice and adjust the seasoning.

    adjust something for something (=change something to show the effect of something else):

    The figures have been adjusted for inflation.

    1. a.
      to move something slightly so that it is in the right place or is more comfortable

      She stopped to adjust the strap on her sandal.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to get used to a new situation by changing your ideas or the way you do things
    adjust to:

    It took her two years to adjust to life in England.

    1. a.
      if your eyes adjust to darkness or light, they get used to it and you begin to be able to see clearly again

      Give your eyes time to adjust.

      adjust to:

      Her eyes gradually adjusted to the gloom.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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