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adjust (something) to (something)
To modify something to fit or work properly with something else. We had to adjust the office layout to create space for the new employees. Gram's TV is so old that we can't adjust it to HD—we're stuck with this terrible picture quality. Is there any way to adjust a gas-powered vehicle to electric?
adjust to (something)
To become familiar or comfortable with something, often a change in one's life. A reflexive pronoun can be used between "adjust" and "to." I know you're not thrilled with this new schedule, but can you please try to adjust yourself to it? After growing up in a small town, I really had to adjust to college life in Manhattan. How has Uncle Ed been since the divorce? Is he adjusting to single life?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
adjust (oneself) to someone or something
to make changes in one's opinion or attitude toward someone or something, such as a change in one's life or environment. Can't you adjust yourself to your new office?
adjust something to something
to make something fit something else; to alter something to make it suitable for something else. The builder adjusted the plans for the new house to the requirements of the fire marshal.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To alter something to make it fit, accommodate, or match something else: We adjusted the radio to the frequency of the radio transmission.
2. To get used to something or someone: It took many years for me to adjust to the cold winters in Vermont.
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.