The act of making an alteration or modification is an adjustment. If you buy a new pair of jeans, but they are too long, you can make a quick adjustment and hem them, have someone else hem them, or use safety pins.

The process of adapting to your environmental conditions is also called an adjustment. After you leave home for college, both you and your parents will have a period of adjustment. Some people adjust easier to change than others — you may be having a ball going to class, eating cereal for dinner, and making new friends but an adjustment your parents will have to make is that they will need to stop worrying about you.

Primary Meanings of adjustment

the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances
Full Definitions of adjustment

n the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

alteration, modification
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laxation, loosening
the act of making something less tight
the act of making something tighter
(physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the natural lens of the eye
(physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)
the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency
undoing, unfastening, untying
loosening the ties that fasten something
dark adaptation
the process of adjusting the eyes to low levels of illumination; cones adapt first; rods continue to adapt for up to four hours
light adaptation
the process of adjusting the eyes to relatively high levels of illumination; the pupil constricts and the cones system is operative
the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in
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the action of changing something

n the act of adjusting something to match a standard

readjustment, registration
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the act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other
the accurate adjustment of the line of sight of a telescope
an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys
adjustments made to an engine to improve its performance
synchronisation, synchronising, synchronization, synchronizing
an adjustment that causes something to occur or recur in unison
the act of adjusting an organ pipe (or wind instrument) so that it conforms to the standards of tone and pitch and color
equal temperament
the division of the scale based on an octave that is divided into twelve exactly equal semitones
the alignment of the wheels of a motor vehicle closer together at the bottom than at the top
the alignment of the front wheels of a motor vehicle closer together at the front than at the back
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calibration, standardisation, standardization
the act of checking or adjusting (by comparison with a standard) the accuracy of a measuring instrument

n making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances

accommodation, fitting
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the act of adjusting again (to changed circumstances)
accommodation to domestic life
a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
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advance, betterment, improvement
a change for the better; progress in development

n the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)

adaptation, adaption
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acclimation, acclimatisation, acclimatization
adaptation to a new climate (a new temperature or altitude or environment)
the loss of specialization in form or function
adaptation to intimate association with human beings
differentiation, specialisation, specialization
(biology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function
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biological process, organic process
a process occurring in living organisms

n an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances

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cost-of-living allowance
an allowance for changes in the consumer price index
depreciation allowance
an allowance for loss due to depreciation
deduction, discount
an amount or percentage deducted
seasonal adjustment
a statistical adjustment made to accommodate predictable fluctuations as a function of the season of the year
an adjustment made for the weight of the packaging in order to determine the net weight of the goods
trade discount
a discount from the list price of a commodity allowed by a manufacturer or wholesaler to a merchant
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payment or reward (as for service rendered)

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