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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
Adopt vs. Adapt
Monday June 14th 2021
Which word is correct in this sentence: He will easily ........ to it. (adopt/adapt) — Kiran, India

The sentence should be "He will easily adapt to it."

Adopt means "to begin to use or have (a different manner, method, etc.)."

  • The school adopted a new method of teaching math.
  • Their boss has recently adopted a friendlier manner. [=has started behaving in a friendlier way]
  • Did he adopt your point of view?
  • We adopted some of the local customs.


Adapt means "to change your behavior so that it is easier to live in a particular place or situation."

  • He adapted to living in a colder climate after a few years.
  • When children go to a different school, it usually takes them a while to adapt.
  • These fish all adapt easily to colder water.
  • She has adapted to college life quite easily.


I hope this helps.


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