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Posted Oct 01 2008 8:39pm

feeding my love of words....

Main Entry: adapt
Pronunciation: &-'dapt, a-
Function: verb
Etymology: French or Latin; French adapter, from Latin adaptare, from ad- + aptare to fit, from aptus apt, fit
transitive senses : to make fit (as for a specific or new use or situation) often by modification
intransitive senses : to become adapted - adapt·ed·ness noun
synonyms ADAPT, ADJUST, ACCOMMODATE, CONFORM, RECONCILE mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. ADAPT implies a modification according to changing circumstances (adapted themselves to the warmer climate). ADJUST suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism (adjusted the budget to allow for inflation). ACCOMMODATE may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence (accommodated his political beliefs in order to win). CONFORM applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle (refused to conform to society's idea of morality). RECONCILE implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible (tried to reconcile what they said with what I knew).

Adapt is a very "human" word: to make fit. What seems most interesting is that the very meaning of the word seems to require other words to help make it fit within our minds.

Do words without layers of tone have as much meaning?

Are words like color?

Do they require light and technique to really glow, to really become pure thoughts?

Within each life there are great tales of adapting. It is a fact of our society that things will change, circumstances can drive our lives into realms never considered before. What makes me proudest is that no matter what, I adapt. Somewhere in the last 38 years I became flexible which is in direct conflict with my stubborn nature.

RECONCILE implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible .

...the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible...

This defines me. This scattering of words is the very essence of me. This defines the constant battle conforming and the railing against that confirmation.

ckays1967 at 5:53:00 AM PDT Link to this entry

This entry has 7 comments: (Add your own)
{{{{ Hugs }}}}
Comment from deabvt - 9/19/05 6:39 AM

{{{ Christine }}}

Ah yes, it defines us all, the battle within.
Sometimes we swing toward acceptance - other times we rage against it all.

Be well,

Comment from princesssaurora - 9/14/05 10:20 AM

Lisa... It is Webster online....the colored words are linked.
Comment from ckays1967 - 9/14/05 8:28 AM

Interesting that a reference book (or site...I assume
that's where these definitions come from) can be so
profoundly poetic... Lisa :-]
Comment from lisaram1955 - 9/14/05 8:18 AM

This is a very profound entry, Christina. May I be more openminded
to my friends that suffer with illnesses. My Hubby's cousin's wife
suffers from Lupus along with a host of other ailments. I pray that
God will help me know what to do for my friends without doing something
to make an ass of myself. So many folks are so not understanding about
this sort of thing. I don't want to be that kind of person.

Comment from rjet33 - 9/14/05 6:36 AM

It's amazing how easily others will use these words. Still what is
more amazing is that when they use such words they really have no idea
what stamina of mind it takes to "adapt." As others adapt to the times,
we much adapt to severe changes in lifestyle because of chronic illnesses.
I just this morning had a conversation with a friend who told me they are
meeting a person with MS soon. The person told of his MS "struggles."
My friend tried to equate this with his own health issues. Which, yes,
are painful, but in no way similiar to what is suffered by those with MS
or such related health problems. I tried to put it in words for my friend,
but he was unable to understand the difference. All he kept saying was that everyone has their "things." This is the same person who has assured me that
I would get better if I just learned to "adapt." I do, feel sorry for my friend. Because as much as they have witnessed my illness, there is no understanding.
None at all. Love bunches, LuAnne
Comment from thebaabee - 9/14/05 6:17 AM

Words do have many layers. They are the expression of truth, power, influence, prestige, and morality. They shift and sway with the times. A villified
person now, may be a saint in fifty years as the context and influence of
words change definitions and ideals. They are layered and the only tools we
have to track history.
Comment from cdittric77 - 9/14/05 5:57 AM

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