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noun adaptation pronunciation in British English /ˌædæpˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
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or adaption adaptation pronunciation in British English /əˈdæpʃ(ə)n/

  1. 1
    [countable] a film, TV programme etc that has been made from a book or play
    The television adaptation of the stage play was very successful.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the process of changing something so that it can be used for a different purpose
    They specialize in the adaptation of industrial buildings for housing.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] biology the ability that animals and plants have to change and make themselves especially suitable for living in a particular environment
    the remarkable adaptation of the camel to the desert


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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