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Dictionary Definition

adjust

Verb

1 alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels" [syn: set, correct]
2 place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight; "align the car with the curb"; "align the sheets of paper on the table" [syn: align, aline, line up] [ant: skew]
3 adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions; "We must adjust to the bad economic situation" [syn: conform, adapt]
4 make correspondent or conformable; "Adjust your eyes to the darkness"
5 decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Ultimately from ad + iustus

Verb

  1. To modify.
    Morimoto's recipes are adjusted to suit the American palate.
  2. To improve or rectify.
    He adjusted his initial conclusion to reflect the new data.
  3. To settle an insurance claim.

Derived terms

rel-top terms derived from adjust

Translations

To modify
To improve or rectify
To settle an insurance claim

Extensive Definition

Adjustment (from late Latin ad-juxtare, derived from juxta, near, but early confounded with a supposed derivation from Justus, right), regulating, adapting or settling; in commercial law, the settlement of a loss incurred on insured goods.
The calculation of the amounts to be made good to and paid by the several interests is a complicated matter. It involves much detail and arithmetic, and requires a full and accurate knowledge of the principles of the subject. Such adjustments are made by adjusters, who make the subject their profession. In Great Britain they are for the most part members of the Average Adjusters' Association (1870), a body which has done much careful work with a view to making and keeping the practice uniform and in accord with right principles. This association has gradually formulated, at their annual meetings, a body of practical rules which the individual members undertake to observe. For more information see: General average, and Marine Insurance.

References

adjust in German: Justierung
adjust in Spanish: Ajuste
adjust in Russian: Юстировка
adjust in Simple English: Adjustment
adjust in Serbian: Прилагођавање

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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