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Definitions of adjust word
- verb adjust When you adjust to a new situation, you get used to it by changing your behaviour or your ideas. 3
- verb adjust If you adjust something, you change it so that it is more effective or appropriate. 3
- verb adjust If you adjust something such as your clothing or a machine, you correct or alter its position or setting. 3
- verb adjust If you adjust your vision or if your vision adjusts, the muscles of your eye or the pupils alter to cope with changes in light or distance. 3
- verb adjust to alter slightly, esp to achieve accuracy; regulate 3
- verb adjust to adapt, as to a new environment, etc 3
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Origin of adjust
First appearance:before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English ajusten < Anglo-French ajuster, Old French aj(o)uster to make conform to, verbal derivative, with a- a-5, of juste right, just1, influenced in sense by ajouter, ajoster to add < Late Latin adjuxtāre; see ad-, joust
Parts of speech for Adjust
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% 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".
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Synonyms for adjust
- conform — If something conforms to something such as a law or someone's wishes, it is of the required type or quality.
- fine-tune — to tune (a radio or television receiver) to produce the optimum reception for the desired station or channel by adjusting a control knob or bar.
- accustom — If you accustom yourself or another person to something, you make yourself or them become used to it.
- fix — to repair; mend.
- modify — to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend: to modify a contract.
Antonyms for adjust
- disarrange — to disturb the arrangement of; disorder; unsettle.
- disorganize — to destroy the organization, systematic arrangement, or orderly connection of; throw into confusion or disorder.
- disperse — to drive or send off in various directions; scatter: to disperse a crowd.
- ruin — ruins, the remains of a building, city, etc., that has been destroyed or that is in disrepair or a state of decay: We visited the ruins of ancient Greece.
- scatter — to throw loosely about; distribute at irregular intervals: to scatter seeds.
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