(Latin: fit, fitted, suited, suitable, appropriate; join, fasten)
2. To fit for a new use; transform, rework, convert, make suitable, modify, alter: "The drama was adapted from a short story."
3. To undergo modification so as to fit new circumstances or situations.
4. Etymology: from Latin adaptare, "to adjust" from ad-, "to" plus aptare, "to join" from aptus, "fitted".
The eminent sociologist could not adapt himself to such a primitive society.
2. To fit for a new use; rework, convert, make suitable, modify, alter: The team of producers will adapt the drama from a short story.
2. To take up and use (an idea, a practice, etc.) as one’s own: The new CEO wanted to adopt a Latin motto for the company business.
3. To accept and to put into effect; formally approve: Schools should adopt new methods of teaching English vocabulary if they want to enhance the word knowledge of their students.
Jennifer proved herself to be very adept at learning to adapt to new situations; especially, when her company decided to adopt new regulations for the employee's parking lot.
2. Having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude: Erin was adept in writing her column in the newspaper every day.
3. Etymology: from Latin adeptus, "attained, achieved".
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"One who has attained." The alchemists applied the term vere adeptus, "truly adept", to anyone who claimed to have found the Elixir of Life or the Philosopher's Stone.
2. The rendered fat of swine, lard, used in the preparation of ointments (synonym: lard).
2. Having a natural tendency or to be inclined: "Her mother is apt to be easily offended by such criticism."
3. Quick to learn or to understand: "He was an apt student of chemistry and math."
Sam's son had no aptitude for sports; however, he did have an aptitude for computer technology, so he spent more of his time studying to be a computer programmer.2. An inherent competency, as for learning: Dwayne's son said that he would be taking a new test at school which is supposed to measure his aptitude for learning.
Someone who can speak so many languages obviously has a great natural aptitude for learning.3. Etymology: from Latin aptitudo, "fitness"; from Latin aptus, "joined, fitted"; meaning from "natural capacity to learn" is from the 1540s; that of "quality of being fit for a purpose or position" is from the 1640's + -tude, "quality, condition of".