WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- capable of being adjusted:adjustable seat belts.
- 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.
- Business(esp. of life insurance) having flexible premiums and coverage, based on the insuree's current needs and ability to pay.
- 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]
- to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, looks, or works better:[~ + object]to adjust the picture on a TV set.
- Business[~ + object] to decide on the amount to be paid in settlement of (an insurance claim).
- 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•er, ad•jus•tor, n. [countable]See -jus-.
- to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, or conforms;
accommodate:to adjust expenses to income.
- to put in good working order;
bring to a proper state or position:to adjust an instrument.
- to settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result:to adjust our differences.
- Business[Insurance.]to determine the amount to be paid in settlement of (a claim).
- to systematize.
- Militaryto correct the elevation or deflection of (a gun).
- 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;