Definition of adjust in English Dictionary

  • VerbSGadjustsPRadjustingPT, PPadjusted
    1. VT To modify.
      1. As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.
    2. VT To improve or rectify.
      1. But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 (the average of the 15 poorest countries’ own poverty lines, measured in 2005 dollars and adjusted for differences in purchasing power): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.
    3. VT To settle an insurance claim.
      1. VI To change to fit circumstances.
        1. Most immigrants adjust quickly to a new community.   She waited for her eyes to adjust to the darkness. ‎
    4. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • One of the waitresses, with wheat-blonde hair and large, mobile, slickered lips and very long lashes, adjusted Gus's tie.
        • Sir Anthony got out a lute and began to strum, pausing every so often to adjust the tension on the catguts.
        • The platform grain shield and the windboard at rear of the binder deck will assist in making better bundles and prevent scattering of grain, if properly adjusted for long or short straw.
      2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
        • Adjust the feet if you can teeter the washing machine.
      3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • If the burner is underfiring, the nozzle may need to be changed or the pressure at the outlet of the fuel pump may need to be adjusted.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Verbs
        • Intransitive verbs
          • Transitive verbs
        Related Links:
        1. en adjustment
        2. en adjustable
        3. en adjusts
        4. en adjusted
        5. en adjuster
        Source: Wiktionary
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        Meaning of adjust for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this word "adjust" is a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
        Difficultness: Level 3
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        Definiteness: Level 8
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