WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ad•just•a•ble  (ə justə bəl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. capable of being adjusted:adjustable seat belts.
  2. Business(of loans, mortgages, etc.) having a flexible rate, as one based on money market interest rates or on the rate of inflation or cost of living.
  3. Business(esp. of life insurance) having flexible premiums and coverage, based on the insuree's current needs and ability to pay.

  1. Businessany rate, expense, income, etc., that varies unpredictably:Luckily, his chief income is not made up of adjustables. Allow some money in your budget for the adjustables.
adjust + -able]
ad•justa•bly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ad•just /əˈdʒʌst/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, looks, or works better:[+ object]to adjust the picture on a TV set.
  2. Business[+ object] to decide on the amount to be paid in settlement of (an insurance claim).
  3. to adapt oneself;
    become adapted: [+ to + object]to adjust to new demands.[+ oneself + to + object]They adjusted themselves to life in the tropics.
ad•just•a•ble, adj. 
ad•just•er, ad•jus•tor, n. [countable]See -jus-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ad•just  (ə just),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, or conforms;
    accommodate:to adjust expenses to income.
  2. to put in good working order;
    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. Business[Insurance.]to determine the amount to be paid in settlement of (a claim).
  5. to systematize.
  6. Militaryto correct the elevation or deflection of (a gun).

  1. to adapt oneself;
    become adapted:They had no problems in adjusting at the new school.
  • Late Latin adjuxtāre; see ad-, juxta-
  • Anglo-French ajuster, Old French aj(o)uster to make conform to, verb, verbal derivative, with a- a-5, of juste right, just1, influenced in sense by ajouter, ajoster to add
  • Middle English ajusten 1350–1400
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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.See corresponding entry in Unabridged arrange;

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