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To Adju'st. v.a. [adjuster, Fr.]

  1. To regulate; to put in order; to settle in the right form.

    Your Lordship removes all difficulties, and supplies all our wants, faster than the most visionary projector can adjust his schemes. Swift to the Lord High Treasurer.

  2. To reduce to the true state or standard; to make accurate.

    The names of mixed modes, for the most part, want standards in nature, whereby men may rectify and adjust their signification; therefore they are very various and doubtful. Locke.

  3. To make conformable. It requires the particle to before the thing to which the conformity is made.

    As to the accomplishment of this remarkable prophecy, whoever reads the account given by Josephus, without knowing his character, and compares it with what our Saviour foretold, would think the historian had been a christian, and that he had nothing else in view, but to adjust the event to the prediction. Addison on the Christian Religion.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Locke, John (269) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Adjust." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 22, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13701.


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