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adapt
used in The Great Gatsby

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Definition
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
  • I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all — Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
    p. 176.4
unadaptable = not able to adjust

(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unadaptable means not and reverses the meaning of adaptable. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • He was walking ahead of me along Fifth Avenue in his alert, aggressive way, his hands out a little from his body as if to fight off interference, his head moving sharply here and there, adapting itself to his restless eyes.
    p. 178.1
adapting = adjusting (changing for something else)
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