To make a change of some kind is to adjust. Often the change is necessary because of a changing situation.
- Your body adjusts to changing temperatures.
- People who move to a new country have to adjust to a different culture.
- Many elderly people find that it’s difficult to adjust to new situations.
- You can adjust the settings on your cell phone and customize it to suit your needs.
- Sometimes you have to adjust the antenna on a radio in order to get good reception.
- Have you adjusted yet to living in the United States?
The noun form of the word "adjust" is "adjustment." An adjustment can be big or small.
- It was a big adjustment for Hang to move from Viet Nam to North Dakota.
- Our satellite dish needed an adjustment, so we called a technician.
- The phone company made a small adjustment to our bill when we noticed there was an error.
- What kind of adjustments have you needed to make after moving to the United States?
A mechanic makes adjustments to machines by using a wrench.
The word "adjustable" is an adjective:
- An adjustable wrench is a very handy tool to use around the house.
- The driver’s seat in most cars is adjustable.
- You have adjustable settings on your computer.
Note: Don’t pronounce the "d" in the word "adjust." It sounds like this: uh just
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This page was first published on December 30, 2012. It was updated on September 25, 2015.