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verb     adapt pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participleadapting
past tenseadapted
past participleadapted
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to change your ideas or behaviour 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 suitable for a new use or situation

      Courses can be adapted to suit the needs of the individual.

      adapt for:

      You can adapt this fabric for anything from diverssuits to gloves.

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

    The film is adapted from a Michael Crichton novel.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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