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Adapt

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To Ada'pt. v.a. [adopto, Lat.] To fit one thing to another; to suit; to proportion.

'Tis true, but let it not be known,
My eyes are somewhat dimmish grown;
For nature, always in the right,
To your decays adapts my sight.
Swift's Miscellanies.

It is not enough that nothing offends the ear, but a good poet will adapt the very sounds, as well as words, to the things he treats of. Pope's Letters.

Sources: Pope, Alexander (393) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Adapt." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 5, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13391.


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