a·dapt / əˈdapt/ • v. [tr.] make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify: hospitals have to be adapted for modern medical practice. ∎ [intr.] become adjusted to new conditions: slow to adapt to change ∎ alter (a text) to make it suitable for filming, broadcasting, or the stage: the miniseries was adapted from Wouk's novel. DERIVATIVES: a·dap·tive / -tiv/ adj.