adjust Definition

  • 1alter or move (something) slightly in order to achieve the desired fit, appearance, or result
  • 2gradually become accustomed to a new situation

Using adjust: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "adjust" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She adjusted her hat and checked her reflection in the mirror.

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    The mechanic adjusted the carburetor to improve the car's performance.

  • Example

    It took him some time to adjust to his new job.

  • Example

    I need to adjust my schedule to make time for exercise.

  • Example

    We will need to adjust our plans due to the weather forecast.

adjust Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for adjust

Antonyms for adjust

Phrases with adjust

  • become familiar with or used to a new situation


    It can be difficult to adjust to a new school or workplace.

  • adjust one's expectations

    reconsider or lower one's expectations in light of new information or circumstances


    After seeing the budget, we had to adjust our expectations for the project.

  • make small changes to the distribution of weight or power


    The coach adjusted the balance of the team by moving players around.

Origins of adjust

from Old French 'ajuster', from 'a-' (to) + 'joster' (to join)


Summary: adjust in Brief

'Adjust' [əˈdʒʌst] means to alter or move something slightly to achieve a desired fit or result, or to gradually become accustomed to a new situation. It is often used in the context of making small changes to improve performance or adapt to new circumstances. Phrases like 'adjust to' and 'adjust one's expectations' highlight the idea of becoming familiar with new situations and reconsidering one's assumptions. 'Adjust' is a formal term that can be replaced by synonyms like 'modify,' 'fine-tune,' and 'calibrate.'

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