WOTW: adapt

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triplo word of the week - adapt



“Adapt” is a verb that talks about change. It is used in a few different ways. Here is the meaning and some example sentences:


The verb “adapt” means to change something to use it for a new or different purpose. It is similar to modify.


+ She always adapts the design to suit the individual customer.

+ The church was adapted for use first as a shopping arcade and then as a pub.

+ Hospitals have had to adapt to modern medical practices.

+ We often adapt interesting articles to be used in our lessons.

+ Before the internal combustion engine was adapted for boats, travelling the oceans required a lot of man power.


Another related meaning of the verb “adapt” means to change to new conditions.


+ Large companies are often slow to adapt to new innovations.

+ Being able to adapt to the conditions and terrain is what makes a great skier.

+ Unless the batter has a plan and can adapt to playing conditions, they will make a lot of mistakes.

+ The birds on the different islands adapted over time to the different conditions.


The last meaning of the verb “adapt” is about changing a text to be used for a movie, on the radio, or on the stage.


+ The film was adapted from a short story by Chekov.

+ The musical that has been wowing audiences was adapted from a 1960s movie.

+ Films are rarely as good as the books they are adapted from.

+ Today`s play was adapted for the radio by Steve McLean.


The pronunciation is /əˈdapt/.


This word is the in the New General Service List, as list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。