• (GA, Canada) IPA: /ˌædæpˈteɪʃən/


  1. (uncountable) The process of adapting something or becoming adapted to a situation; adjustment, modification.
    • 2015, Jon M. Hawes, Proceedings of the 1989 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference, Springer (ISBN 9783319170558), page 70
      Lifestyle adaptation arises because people inevitably encounter a gap between the style of life they desire and the actual resources they control.
  2. (countable) A change that is made or undergone to suit a condition or environment.
    • 1999, Jim Meisenheimer, How to Double Your Sales Without Quadrupling Your Effort, Helbern (ISBN 9780963747921), page 41
      It's staggering because these adaptations to your schedule can dramatically change your life forever.
  3. (uncountable, evolutionary theory) The process of change that an organism undergoes to be better suited to its environment.
    Antonyms: maladaptation
  4. (countable, evolutionary theory) An instance of an organism undergoing change, or the structure or behavior that is changed.
    • 1844, Robert Sears, The Guide to Knowledge, Or Repertory of Facts: Forming a Complete Library of Entertaining Information, in the Several Departments of Science, Lterature, and Art, Embellished by Several Hundred Engravings, page 465
      This is the very method adopted, in the structure of the eye, to produce a perfect picture on the retina; it is an adaptation to the laws of light, and the property of color, in natural objects.
  5. (uncountable) The process of adapting an artistic work from a different medium.
    • 2010, David K. Irving, Fundamentals of Film Directing, McFarland (ISBN 9780786456253), page 19
      Plays are rich and suitable sources for adaptation to film.
  6. (countable, authorship) An artistic work that has been adapted from a different medium.
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