to modify in response to change When used in regard to evolution, it means that some structure or behaviour of an organism may over time, appear to change in response toa new threat or opportunity in the environment The bacterium which causes tuberculosis has developed certain strains which have adapted to the antibiotics used to treat the disease which is now becoming more difficult to treat Adductors - muscle bringing a limb or the jaw towards the body
- to change or tailor something to fit, humans change their environment or their way of doing something to fit their current needs or goals
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose; "Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"
adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions; "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"
If you adapt something, you change it to make it suitable for a new purpose or situation. Shelves were built to adapt the library for use as an office. = modify
If you adapt to a new situation or adapt yourself to it, you change your ideas or behaviour in order to deal with it successfully. The world will be different, and we will have to be prepared to adapt to the change They have had to adapt themselves to a war economy. = adjust
If you adapt a book or play, you change it so that it can be made into a film or a television programme. The scriptwriter helped him to adapt his novel for the screen The film has been adapted from a play of the same title. see also adapted
To fit by alteration; to modify or remodel for a different purpose; to adjust: as, to adapt a story or a foreign play for the stage; to adapt an old machine to a new manufacture
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose; "Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country
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