Adapt, adept and adopt

Adapt, adept and adopt seem to confuse many people. Let’s look at those individually to eliminate any confusion.


This word comes from Latin adaptāre (to fit to) i.e. ad (to) + aptare (to make fit); or from French word adapter

Verb and how it is used?

  1. Make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly

By the end of the second day, she had adapted to the guests and felt completely at ease – a state that Claudette apparently wanted to shatter.

  1. to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc

He needed to adapt his strategies when dealing with her.


This word comes from French adopter, from Latin adoptare; ad (to) + optare (choose, desire).

Verb and how it is used?

  1. to choose or take as one’s own; make one’s own by selection or assent

We can adopt children.

  1. to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one’s own child, by a formal legal act

After we get married, I will adopt Simon legally.

  1. to vote to accept

The committee adopt the new suggestion about investing into retail market.


This word comes from French adepte, from Latin adeptus (who has achieved)

Adjective and how it is used?

  1. very skilled; proficient; expert

While Fred, and to a lesser extent Cynthia, had solved crossword in the newspaper, neither were particularly adept at it.

Noun and how it is used?

  1. a skilled or proficient person; expert

With each brushstroke she became an adept artist

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