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adapt (something) for (something)
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?
adapt (something) from (something)
To create one thing from another. The film was adapted from a famous novel.
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adapt (something) to (something)
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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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?
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.
adapt to something
to adapt or get used to someone or something. Please try to adapt to our routine.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.