adjust


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adjust 1 Adjust, regulate, fix share the meaning to set right or to rights.
Adjust implies modification to meet a need. To adjust a thing one brings it by some change into its exact or proper position or condition or into its right relationship with other things. One adjusts a telescope when one changes the distance between its eyepiece and its object glass so as to bring it into focus; one adjusts the temperature of a house when one changes the setting of a thermostat. Often adjust implies rectification or correction
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adjust an error in an account

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adjust a loose screw in a machine

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frequently it suggests straightening out or settling
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adjust a difficulty with a neighbor

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adjust a claim for insurance

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Regulate, on the other hand, usually implies the maintenance of something in a desired condition. To regulate something (as a mechanism, a device, an organ) one uses or serves as the means of making it work or operate regularly, uniformly, or accurately; thus, one regulates a clock when one adjusts its mechanism so that it will keep accurate time
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some drugs regulate the beat of the heart by slowing it up, others by hastening it, until its rate of speed is normal

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One also regulates something that is produced or effected by a mechanism or a bodily organ when one uses the means to keep it at a fixed or uniform rate or degree
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regulate the temperature of the house by setting the thermostat at the desired mark and keeping it there

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Fix is an informal and imprecise equivalent to these words. It is often used where adjust or regulate would be more explicit and effective
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the optician will fix her glasses

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please fix the clock

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he will fix up matters for us

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In distinctive use it implies restoration to good order or a state of repair
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these shoes are not worth fixing

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fixed the leak in the roof

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Analogous words: rectify, *correct: trim, steady, *stabilize, balance: *order, arrange: align, *line, line up, range
Antonyms: derange
Contrasted words: disarrange, *disorder, disturb: upset, *discompose
2 *adapt, accommodate, conform, reconcile
Analogous words: *harmonize, attune: correspond, conform, accord, square (see AGREE)

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  • adjust — ad‧just [əˈdʒʌst] verb [transitive] 1. to make small changes to something in order to correct or improve it: • Their monthly repayments are adjusted once a year. 2. seasonally adjusted ACCOUNTING seasonally adjusted figures have been changed… …   Financial and business terms

  • Adjust — Ad*just , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adjusted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adjusting}.] [OF. ajuster, ajoster (whence F. ajouter to add), LL. adjuxtare to fit; fr. L. ad + juxta near; confused later with L. ad and justus just, right, whence F. ajuster to adjust …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adjust — Three new uses of this verb entered the language in the 20c: 1. Intransitive, with or without to: to adapt oneself to something • (She seemed to have adjusted to her new status with little difficulty L. Niven, 1983 • She needs time to adjust S.… …   Modern English usage

  • adjust — [ə just′] vt. [ME ajusten < OFr ajoster, to join < a , to + joster (see JOUST); infl. by OFr juste < L justus, JUST1] 1. to change so as to fit, conform, make suitable, etc. 2. to make accurate by regulating [to adjust a watch] 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • adjust — [v1] become or make prepared, adapted acclimatize, accommodate, accustom, adapt, alter, arrange, compose, conform, dispose, do as Romans do*, doctor*, fiddle with*, fine tune, fit, fix, fix up, get act together*, get it together*, grin and bear… …   New thesaurus

  • adjust — (v.) late 14c., ajusten, to correct, remedy; reborrowed by c.1600 in sense arrange, settle, compose, from M.Fr. adjuster, O.Fr. ajouter to join (12c.), from L.L. adjuxtare to bring near, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + juxta next, related to …   Etymology dictionary

  • adjust — ► VERB 1) alter slightly so as to achieve a desired result. 2) become used to a new situation. 3) assess (loss or damages) when settling an insurance claim. DERIVATIVES adjustability noun adjustable adjective adjuster noun adjustment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • adjust — 01. It has taken me a long time to [adjust] to life in North America. 02. Jack had difficulty [adjusting] to life on his own after his wife passed away. 03. My ski bindings are loose. I think I should [adjust] them before I go skiing again. 04.… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • adjust */*/ — UK [əˈdʒʌst] / US verb Word forms adjust : present tense I/you/we/they adjust he/she/it adjusts present participle adjusting past tense adjusted past participle adjusted 1) a) [transitive] to change something slightly in order to make it better,… …   English dictionary


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