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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-dap-ter]
    • /əˈdæp tər/
    • /əˈdæp.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dap-ter]
    • /əˈdæp tər/

Definitions of adapter word

  • noun adapter a person or thing that adapts 3
  • noun adapter a contrivance for adapting apparatus to new uses 3
  • noun adapter a connecting device for parts that would not otherwise fit together 3
  • noun adapter a person or thing that adapts. 1
  • noun adapter a connector for joining parts or devices having different sizes, designs, etc., enabling them to be fitted or to work together. Also called plug adapter, adapter plug. a device that connects an electrical plug to an outlet that has a different plug shape: Last time I traveled, I brought the wrong adapter. Also called AC adapter, power adapter. a device with a cord that plugs into an electrical outlet and functions as an external power supply for a small or portable electronic device, usually converting AC current to DC: I forgot to plug in the adapter, and my laptop died. 1
  • noun adapter an accessory to convert a machine, tool, or part to a new or modified use. 1

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Origin of adapter

First appearance:

before 1795
One of the 43% newest English words
First recorded in 1795-1805; adapt + -er1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Adapter


adapter popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adapter usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adapter

noun adapter

  • connection — A connection is a relationship between two things, people, or groups.
  • clamp — A clamp is a device that holds two things firmly together.
  • junction — an act of joining; combining.
  • coupling — A coupling is a device which is used to join two vehicles or pieces of equipment together.
  • joint — the place at which two things, or separate parts of one thing, are joined or united, either rigidly or in such a way as to permit motion; juncture.

Antonyms for adapter

noun adapter

  • alienation — a turning away; estrangement
  • animosity — Animosity is a strong feeling of dislike and anger. Animosities are feelings of this kind.
  • aversion — If you have an aversion to someone or something, you dislike them very much.
  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • divorce — a divorced man.

Top questions with adapter

  • what is a network adapter?
  • how does a powerline adapter work?
  • what is an ac adapter?
  • what is a wireless adapter?

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