adapt

Say you move to a country where everyone cooks with lots of hot peppers. At first the food scalds your tongue, but over time you adapt — you change in a way that allows you to deal with the new circumstances.

Adapt comes from the ancient word ap, which means "take" or "grasp." Ap is even older than Latin — it comes from a lost language that was spoken by the common ancestors of modern-day Indians and Europeans and has since been reconstructed by linguists, who named it the Proto-Indo-European language, or PIE. So what does adapt have to do with grasp? If you adapt to, say, a new country, it's as though you're grabbing hold of its strange, slippery customs.

Definitions of adapt
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v make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country”
Synonyms:
accommodate
Types:
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adjust
make correspondent or conformable
gear, pitch
set the level or character of
fit
insert or adjust several objects or people
anglicise, anglicize
make English in appearance
shoehorn
fit for a specific purpose even when not well suited
orient, tailor
adjust to a specific need or market
domesticate, tame
make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
cultivate, domesticate, naturalise, naturalize, tame
adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
Christianize
adapt in the name of Christianity
naturalise, naturalize
adopt to another place
electrify, wire
equip for use with electricity
transcribe
rewrite or arrange a piece of music for an instrument or medium other than that originally intended
popularise, popularize
make understandable to the general public
Type of:
alter, change, vary
become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

v adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

Synonyms:
adjust, conform
Types:
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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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