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- (transitive) To modify.
2013 August 10, “A new prescription”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.
- Morimoto's recipes are adjusted to suit the American palate.
- (transitive) To improve or rectify.
2013 June 1, “Towards the end of poverty”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 11:
- But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 (the average of the 15 poorest countries’ own poverty lines, measured in 2005 dollars and adjusted for differences in purchasing power): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.
- He adjusted his initial conclusion to reflect the new data.
- (transitive) To settle an insurance claim.
- (intransitive) To change to fit circumstances.
- Most immigrants adjust quickly to a new community. She waited for her eyes to adjust to the darkness.
to improve or rectify
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