adjust

When you adjust to something, you change so that you can fit in, conform, or keep on going. Arriving at a new school almost always requires that you adjust a little. Once you adjust, you'll find you're as happy as you were in your old school.

To adjust doesn't mean to transform in a major way. It implies small but important changes that make a big difference. If you adjust your speed by just ten miles per hour, you'll get more than fifty more miles per fill-up. You can adjust your hair to make it fancier, you can adjust your lifestyle to make it more sober, or you can adjust your attitude to make yourself less annoying. You used to have to adjust your TV antenna to get a better picture. Ask your mom.

Primary Meanings of adjust

1.
v
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
2.
v
decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
Full Definitions of adjust
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v alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

Adjust the clock, please”
Synonyms:
correct, set
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proportion
adjust in size relative to other things
modulate
adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of
temper
adjust the pitch (of pianos)
tune, tune up
adjust the pitches of (musical instruments)
calibrate, fine-tune, graduate
make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring
tune, tune up
adjust for (better) functioning
time
adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time
trim
adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used
zero, zero in
adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun)
zero
adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value
readjust, reset
adjust again after an initial failure
attune
adjust or accustom to; bring into harmony with
time
regulate or set the time of
set
set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly
modulate, regulate
fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
focalise, focalize, focus, sharpen
put (an image) into focus
sync, synchronise, synchronize
make synchronous and adjust in time or manner
pressurise, pressurize
increase the pressure in or of
decompress, depressurise, depressurize
decrease the pressure of
fit, match
make correspond or harmonize
plumb
adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical
align, coordinate, ordinate
bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation
harmonise, harmonize, reconcile
bring into consonance or accord
linearise, linearize
make linear or get into a linear form
justify
adjust the spaces between words
citify
accustom to urban ways
reset
set to zero
fine-tune, tweak
adjust finely
refocus
put again into focus or focus more sharply
phase
adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition
puncture
cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing
scale down
reduce proportionally
scale up
increase proportionally
service
make fit for use
misalign
align imperfectly or badly
key
harmonize with or adjust to
advance, set ahead
move forward
tune in
regulate (a radio or television set) in order to receive a certain station or program
balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
bring into balance or equilibrium
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make correspondent or conformable

Adjust your eyes to the darkness”
Type of:
accommodate, adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

v place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight

Synonyms:
align, aline, line up
Antonyms:
skew
turn or place at an angle
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address
adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation of hitting
synchronise, synchronize
cause to indicate the same time or rate
realign, realine
align anew or better
true, true up
make level, square, balanced, or concentric
collimate
adjust the line of sight of (an optical instrument)
concenter, concentre, focalise, focalize, focus
bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions
refocus
focus anew
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reorient
set or arrange in a new or different determinate position

v adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

“We must adjust to the bad economic situation”
Synonyms:
adapt, conform
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readapt, readjust
adjust anew
readapt
adapt anew
assimilate
become similar to one's environment
focalise, focalize, focus
become focussed or come into focus
acclimate, acclimatise, acclimatize
get used to a certain climate
match
be equal or harmonize
obey
be obedient to
square
cause to match, as of ideas or acts
acculturate
assimilate culturally
abide by, comply, follow
act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
take orders
receive and be expected to follow directions or commands
heed, listen, mind
pay close attention to; give heed to
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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v decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim

Type of:
adjudicate, decide, resolve, settle
bring to an end; settle conclusively