Noun Adaptation Definition and Examples







The action or process of adapting or being adapted.
  1. count noun 'adaptations to the school curriculum'
  2. 'For many senior citizens, retirement means the end of the work day and adaptation to the loss of an identity and a daily social setting.'
  3. 'Psychologists talk about a process called adaptation; it turns out that we quickly adjust to whatever our environment is like.'
  4. 'Both processes exemplify adaptation or adjustment, but very different mechanisms must be involved.'
  5. 'For all of their contacts and talent, he acknowledges the fact that survival, as a musician, is a process of adaptation.'
  6. 'The tone and tactics of globalisation critics may need some adaptation, but debating on who makes and manages global policies remains vital.'
  7. 'I believe we have to start thinking of our bodies and brains as systems, and learn to see hormonal change as one part of a much broader process of adaptation.'
  8. 'This was considered critical for highly educated immigrants, because settlement and adaptation is facilitated by social interaction.'
  9. 'By taking into account the difficult process of adaptation of the military into the civil society, I think, the army indeed paid a heavy price for the reforms.'
  10. 'It is a process of adaptation, a habit acquired with effort, pain, and tedium.'
  11. 'a three-part adaptation of Hard Times'
  12. 'No novelist can afford to be precious about the film adaptations of their work.'
  13. 'This movie adaptation of the TV adaptation of the novelisation of the radio series is about as faithful as you can get.'
  14. 'Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless tale of ships and pirates has been a huge success in the guises of film and television adaptations.'
  15. 'Unlike other poor adaptations, this film suffers from following the text too closely.'
  16. 'In fact, the film was an adaptation of a novel by the Australian author Dale Collins, published in 1930.'
  17. 'It could be argued that the most difficult screenplays to write are adaptations of novels.'
  18. 'I know several of my peers who have spent years working on film adaptations of their work, only for them either to come out badly, or else not come out at all.'
  19. 'So his latest film, an adaptation of his stage play, The Far Side of the Moon, comes as a shock.'
  20. 'From now on, she will write the book first, then do an adaptation for film or television.'
  21. 'And out just in time for its movie adaptation, seasons one through four of The Dukes of Hazzard can be purchased in one convenient box set.'
  22. 'They exhibit striking differences in physical features, indicating adaptation to different environments.'
  23. 'In general, the results support the importance of physiological and genetic adaptation of microbes to the environment.'
  24. 'This may be related to the adaptation of the plant to the warmer climate of the Cape Verde Islands.'
  25. 'Molecular biologists have seen all of these processes at work in the laboratory, in particular the adaptation of duplicated genes.'
  26. 'Is adaptation to stressful environments more rapid and extensive than to benign environments?'
((n.) The act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness.|--|(n.) The result of adapting; an adapted form.|--|)


1. the act of adapting.

2. the state of being adapted; adjustment.

3. something produced by adapting: an adaptation of a play for television.

4. Biology. any alteration in the structure or function of an organism or any of its parts that results from natural selection and by which the organism becomes better fitted to survive and multiply in its environment. a form or structure modified to fit a changed environment. the ability of a species to survive in a particular ecological niche, especially because of alterations of form or behavior brought about through natural selection.

5. Physiology. the decrease in response of sensory receptor organs, as those of vision, touch, temperature, olfaction, audition, and pain, to changed, constantly applied, environmental conditions.

6. Ophthalmology. the regulating by the pupil of the quantity of light entering the eye.

7. Also, adaption[uh-dap-shuh n]/əˈdæp ʃən/(Show IPA). Sociology. a slow, usually unconscious modification of individual and social activity in adjustment to cultural surroundings.


"There can be adaptation processes."
"There can be adaptation periods."
"There can be adaptation works."
"There can be adaptation studies."
"There can be adaptation programmes."
"There can be adaptation people."
"There can be adaptation intervals."
"There can be adaptation ends."
"There can be adaptation efforts."
"There can be adaptation cycles."
"There can be adaptation costs."
"There can be adaptation calls."
"adaptations can be to environments."
"people can be adapted."
"novels can be adapted."
"adaptations can be to lives."
"people/places/organizations can be adapted."
"adaptations can be to conditions."
"styles can be adapted."
"methods can be adapted."

Early 17th century: from French, from late Latin adaptatio(n-), from Latin adaptare (see adapt).

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