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An adaptation in biology is a trait with a current functional role in the life history of an organism that is maintained and evolved by means of natural selection.

adapt v 1: make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose; "Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country" [syn: {accommodate}] 2: adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions; "We must adjust to the bad economic situation" [syn: {adjust}, {conform}]

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152 Moby Thesaurus words for "adapt": acclimate, acclimatize, accommodate, accommodate with, accord, accustom, adapt to, adjust, adjust to, agree with, alter, ameliorate, arrange, assimilate, assimilate to, attune, be guided by, bend, better, break, break in, break up, capacitate, case harden, change, chime in with, comply, comply with, compose, condition, confirm, conform, convert, coordinate, correct, correspond, cut to, deform, denature, discipline, diversify, domesticate, domesticize, enable, equalize, equip, establish, fall in with, familiarize, fashion, fit, fix, follow, furnish, gear to, gentle, go by, habituate, harden, harmonize, homologate, homologize, housebreak, improve, instrument, instrumentate, inure, key to, make an adaptation, make conform, make plumb, make uniform, measure, meet, meliorate, melodize, mitigate, modify, modulate, mold, musicalize, mutate, naturalize, observe, orchestrate, orient, orient the map, orientate, overthrow, proportion, put in trim, put in tune, put to music, quadrate, qualify, re-create, realign, rebuild, reconcile, reconstruct, rectify, redesign, refit, reform, regulate, remake, remodel, renew, reshape, restructure, revamp, revive, right, ring the changes, rub off corners, score, season, set, set right, set to music, settle, shape, shift the scene, shuffle the cards, similarize, square, straighten, subvert, suit, sync, synchronize, tailor, tally with, tame, temper, train, transcribe, transpose, trim to, true, true up, tune, turn the scale, turn the tables, turn the tide, turn upside down, vary, wont, work a change, worsen, write, yield

Adapt \A*dapt"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adapted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adapting}.] [L. adaptare; ad + aptare to fit; cf. F. adapter. See {Apt}, {Adept}.] To make suitable; to fit, or suit; to adjust; to alter so as to fit for a new use; -- sometimes followed by to or for. [1913 Webster] For nature, always in the right, To your decays adapts my sight. --Swift. [1913 Webster] Appeals adapted to his [man's] whole nature. --Angus. [1913 Webster] Streets ill adapted for the residence of wealthy persons. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Adapt \A*dapt"\, a. Fitted; suited. [Obs.] --Swift. [1913 Webster]

ADAPT A subset of {APT}. [Sammet 1969, p. 606]. (1995-02-14)


Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting for another and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the original parent or parents.

adopt v 1: choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals" [syn: {follow}, {espouse}] 2: take up and practice as one's own [syn: {borrow}, {take over}, {take up}] 3: take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?" [syn: {assume}, {take on}, {take over}] 4: take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables" [syn: {assume}, {acquire}, {take on}, {take}] 5: take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua" [syn: {take in}] 6: put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay" [syn: {dramatize}, {dramatise}] 7: take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith" [syn: {espouse}, {embrace}, {sweep up}]

65 Moby Thesaurus words for "adopt": Americanize, Anglicize, accept, acculturate, acculturize, admit, affect, affiliate, appropriate, approve, arrogate, assimilate, assume, carry, colonize, confer citizenship, conquer, copy, derive from, domesticate, embrace, encroach, enslave, espouse, go in for, go native, hog, imitate, indent, infringe, invade, jump a claim, make free with, make use of, mock, monopolize, naturalize, occupy, overrun, pass, pirate, plagiarize, play God, preempt, preoccupy, prepossess, pretend to, ratify, requisition, seize, simulate, sit on, squat on, steal, subjugate, take, take all of, take in, take it all, take on, take over, take possession of, take up, trespass, usurp

Adopt \A*dopt"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adopted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adopting}.] [L. adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf. F. adopter. See {Option}.] 1. To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child. [1913 Webster] 2. To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted. [1913 Webster]

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  • adapt: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • adapt: Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002)
  • adapt: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • adapt: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • adapt: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • adapt: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • adopt: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • adopt: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • adopt: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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