I want to know more about the word adapt. Is it good to use it to connect people and things?

For example, is it ok to say: I adapt to playing basketball?

  • Adapt implies change of some kind. Your example sentence I adapted to playing basketball could work if you mean that you worked on changing your body type or mental approach to defense to become a better basketball player. The sentence in your title is a bit of a stretch. I am not totally sure what you are trying to say, but something like Be sure you are comfortable with the idea... may get you closer.
    – Adam
    Dec 4, 2014 at 6:09
  • Are you asking someone if they agree or support the idea, or are you telling someone they must agree or support the idea? Dec 4, 2014 at 8:10
  • @JeffreyKemp It's a bit mixed. It's like someone wants to join my team but I am asking him whether he can agree some conditions, if not, I won't accept him. Dec 4, 2014 at 8:36
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    Just ask, "Do you agree with my conditions?" Dec 4, 2014 at 8:48
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    Are [Do you find] my terms (or Is my idea) acceptable [to you]?
    – Jim
    Dec 4, 2014 at 14:29

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Adapted to the idea - No. 'Be sure you are comfortable with the idea' is what I think you are looking for. 'Make sure' is perhaps more natural. @Jim's suggestion is good, if that's the way you meant it, as is @JefferyKemp's. 'Are you sure you are comfortable with this' is a likely expression, with 'are you on-board with this' being a bit more colloquial / American. Adapt definitely doesn't work in this context, and is more useful in the context of getting used to cold/altitude/isolation etc, not necessarily physical things but certainly more environmental than attitudinal. Playing baseball, not really; you improve at that, you learn [to do] it, but you don't really adapt to it.


you could say "be sure you have adopted the idea."

you can also say "i adopted basketball official rules" contrasting that before you played recklessly and now you have adapted to regulated play.

or "i adopted basketball as a hobby"

if on the basketball example you want to emphasize (biological) adaptation to basketball, you can say "i've evolved into a basketball player" or "i've developed a basketball body"

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