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Other Words for Learning: Adaptation


v. a·dapt·ed, a·dapt·ing, a·dapts To make suitable to or fit for a specific use or situation.

v.intr. To become adapted: a species that has adapted well to winter climes.


1. a. The act or process of adapting. b. The state of being adapted.

2. a. Something, such as a device or mechanism, that is changed or changes so as to become suitable to a new or special application or situation. b. A composition that has been recast into a new form: The play is an adaptation of a short novel.

3. Biology An alteration or adjustment in structure or habits, often hereditary, by which a species or individual improves its condition in relationship to its environment.

4. Physiology The responsive adjustment of a sense organ, such as the eye, to varying conditions, such as light intensity.

5. Change in behavior of a person or group in response to new or modified surroundings.

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