(1) make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
(2) change or conform oneself to new or different conditions
(1), (2) Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. —Stephen Hawking, British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author (1942–)
Antithesis: “Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.” —H. G. Wells, American writer
Antithesis: “Unfortunately in the past, if you had a special need, you had to adapt to the machine.” —David Bear
Simile: “The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.” —Chinese proverb
Vivid imagery: “Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love ...