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From Middle French adapter, from Latin adaptare(to fit to), from ad(to) + aptare(to make fit), from aptus(fit); see apt.



adapt ‎(third-person singular simple present adapts, present participle adapting, simple past and past participle adapted)

  1. (transitive) To make suitable; to make to correspond; to fit or suit; to proportion.
  2. (transitive) 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.
  3. (transitive) To make by altering or fitting something else; to produce by change of form or character: as, to bring out a play adapted from the French; a word of an adapted form.
  4. (intransitive) To change oneself so as to be adapted.
    They could not adapt to the new climate and so perished.

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adapt ‎(comparative more adapt, superlative most adapt)

  1. Adapted; fit; suited; suitable.
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  • adapt in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911