Adaptation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌædæpˈteɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word adaptation
Brit.  |adəpˈteɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word adaptation


- a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form(syn: version)

the play is an adaptation of a short novel

- the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions) (syn: adaption, adjustment)
- (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)


His stage adaptation of the novel was a success.

The film is an adaptation of a book of the same title.

The insect's evolutionary adaptations enable it to be almost invisible even when sitting in the middle of a leaf.

a tool designed for easy adaptation

The benefit of this adaptation of men to things is not always perceived.

He's working on a screen adaptation of his latest novel.

the BBC adaptation of the bestselling book

the play is an adaptation of a short novel

... might well offer fresh insights as to the character and extent of the social adaptation involved.

They first paired up in the screen adaptation of 'Grease'.

the play is original; not an adaptation

Word forms

singular: adaptation
plural: adaptations
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