What is a word for changing yourself to reflect the changing world? I'm looking for something else other than update and its synonyms, since they don't quite fully seem to explain what I want to say.

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    One candidate would be adapting. – FumbleFingers Jan 18 '18 at 18:16
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    Evolving is also a possibility. – Canadian Yankee Jan 18 '18 at 18:17
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    Adapting is probably what you want, but in the case where it's a drastic, sudden change provoked by circumstances, remaking might also be appropriate. – Jeff Zeitlin Jan 18 '18 at 18:25
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    @Canadian Yankee: Indeed. But putting aside issues concerning inheritance of acquired characteristics, I'd say we usually think of even metaphorical evolution as representing inter-generational change (or at least, a very slow process). But a single individual could adapt quite quickly to changed circumstances. – FumbleFingers Jan 18 '18 at 18:25
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    Does it have to be just one word, or would the idiom keeping up with the times do? – Andrew Morton Jan 18 '18 at 18:48

There are actually dozens of possibilities, depending on what, exactly, you want to say.

For example, there is FumbleFingers' suggestion of adapt.

The video game giant Nintendo started as a playing card company, but quickly adapted to the growing interest in computer-based games.

Or Canadian Yankee's suggestion of evolve (which indicates a more gradual transition)

The attitudes toward solar energy are constantly evolving. What used to be seen as an environmentally-friendly-but-uneconomical choice for the fringe is now seen as a smart long-term investment.

Other possibilities, any of which can work depending on what you want to say:

acclimate (slowly get used to something)

accommodate (to make a change in order to satisfy some external condition)

conform (change to match what others are doing)

revise (make a change to something existing, in order to correct for an error or other factors)

tailor (change to make "fit" a particular situation or use)

habituate (slowly become comfortable with something, so that it feels natural)

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