adapt

(redirected from adaptedness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

adapt (something) for

To change or adjust something for a new or different purpose. I heard that the studio is adapting that book for a movie. Have they adapted the building for wheelchair accessibility?
See also: adapt

adapt (something) from

To create one thing from another. The film was adapted from a famous novel.
See also: adapt

adapt (something) to

1. To become familiar or comfortable with something. When used in this way, the phrase does not take a noun or pronoun between "adapt" and "to." When Fran moved to China, she struggled to adapt to her new surroundings.
2. To modify or adjust something to fit or work properly with something else. Brian had to buy special cables so that he could adapt his old VCR his new TV.
See also: adapt

adapt someone or something

to something to cause someone or something to change, adjust to, or get used to something else. Can't you adapt yourself to my way of doing things?

adapt something for something

to change or alter something for use with something else. Has this furnace been adapted for natural gas?
See also: adapt

adapt something from something

to derive something from something else; to create by modifying something else. I adapted my new musical from a novel.
See also: adapt

adapt something to something

to convert something to fit or work with something else. We converted our furnace to natural gas.
See also: adapt

adapt to something

to adapt or get used to someone or something. Please try to adapt to our routine.
See also: adapt

adapt to

v.
1. To alter something so that it is better suited to something else: The immigrants adapted their recipes to the ingredients that were available in their new country.
2. To change in order to be better suited to something: At first, I didn't like the new school, but I quickly adapted to the way things were done there and was soon very happy.
See also: adapt
References in periodicals archive ?
Just as the nature and proper role of the political entity cannot be comprehended without understanding the individuals it ultimately serves (failing this, regimes devolve into unstable tyranny), so too the nature of species cannot be grasped apart from seeing them in terms of the individual organisms whose adaptedness they serve.
Gibbon, with his usual accuracy, as if commenting on the Apocalypse, has referred to the physical adaptedness of the soil of Rome to such an overthrow," and then cites Gibbon's reference to the fact that "the country, which from religious motives, had been chosen for the origin and principle scene of this conflagration, was the best adapted for that purpose by natural and physical causes; by its deep caverns, beds of sulfur, and numerous volcanoes.
The legal system thus functions on the basis of an approximate adaptedness of contemporary motivational patterns and normative self-understandings to the individualizing logic of expertly determined categories of individual motive and competence.
In the parlance of modern evolutionary psychology, these would be "domain specific algorithms" (or modules) showing a high degree of design adaptedness - perhaps we should always talk of "moral senses" in the plural.
The mind was geared to solve those problems in optimally efficient ways in a relatively stable hunter-gatherer ecology--the "environment of evolutionary adaptedness," or EEA.