v. make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
One way to adapt is to become smaller, generation by generation.
Sentence in Classic:
As is often the case with those gifted with an ardent imagination, though he had long known that Moscow would be abandoned he knew it only with his intellect, he did not believe it in his heart and did not adapt himself mentally to this new position of affairs.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy Context
The only member of our small society who positively refused to adapt himself to circumstances, was Jip.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context
At the same time, it is for a subordinate to adapt himself to the tone of his superior, rather than for a superior to adapt himself to the tone of his subordinate.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Context
The second, which hardly differs from the first, that in their actions, and especially in matters of moment, men must have regard to times and circumstances and adapt themselves thereto.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context
If such a warning had ever been needful, the years had taught her a salutary lesson, and she flattered herself that she now knew how to adapt her pace to the object of pursuit.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
This, however, was nothing to a sculptor like Vampa; he examined the broken stock, calculated what change it would require to adapt the gun to his shoulder, and made a fresh stock, so beautifully carved that it would have fetched fifteen or twenty piastres, had he chosen to sell it.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context