adjust

/euh just"/, v.t.
1. to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, or conforms; adapt; accommodate: to adjust expenses to income.
2. to put in good working order; regulate; bring to a proper state or position: to adjust an instrument.
3. to settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result: to adjust our differences.
4. Insurance. to determine the amount to be paid in settlement of (a claim).
5. to systematize.
6. Mil. to correct the elevation or deflection of (a gun).
v.i.
7. to adapt oneself; become adapted: They had no problems in adjusting at the new school.
[1350-1400; ME ajusten < AF ajuster, OF aj(o)uster to make conform to, v. deriv., with a- A-5, of juste right, JUST1, influenced in sense by ajouter, ajoster to add < LL adjuxtare; see AD-, JUXTA-]
Syn. 2. set; repair, fix. ADJUST, ADAPT, ALTER in their literal meanings imply making necessary or desirable changes (as in position, shape, or the like). TO ADJUST is to move into proper position for use: to adjust the eyepiece of a telescope. TO ADAPT is to make a change in character, to make something useful in a new way: to adapt a paper clip for a hairpin. TO ALTER is to change the appearance but not the use: to alter the height of a table. 3. arrange; rectify; reconcile.

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