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From the English dictionary:

adapter {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: adaptor etymology From adapt + er. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who is capable of adapt well to differing situations. He was an able adapter, and could easily adjust to the differences when the company changed ownership.
  2. One who adapts a thing, e.g. a play. The critic gave rave reviews to the adapter of the ancient play, who worked to give the text more relevance to the modern day.
  3. A device or application used to achieve operative compatibility between devices that otherwise are incompatible. He had an adapter that let him plug his phone into the car's cigarette lighter for power.
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    1. Specifically, a device that permits two, three, or more plug to be used at a single electrical power point. The wall outlet sprouted an electrical monstrosity of adapters plugged into adapters that sparked ominously.
    2. Specifically, a device that allows one format of plug to be used with a different format of socket. We bought adapters to use our three-prong plugs in the two-prong, unpolarized outlets of the old house.
    3. Specifically, an AC-adaptor: a device that reduces voltage and converts AC to DC to allow a battery-powered device to use mains power. I lost my cellphone's adaptor so I couldn't recharge it.
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  • adapt
  • adaptability
  • adaptable
  • adaptableness
  • adaptably
  • adaptation
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  • adaptational
  • adaptative
  • adaptatively
  • adaptativeness
  • adaptedness
  • adaptee
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  • adaption
  • adaptional
  • adaptitude
  • adaptive
  • adaptively
  • adaptiveness
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  • adaptly
  • adaptness
  • adaptorial
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anagrams:
  • readapt

From the English dictionary:

bargain {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English bargaynen, from xno bargaigner, from Old French bargaigner, from frk *borganjan, from Proto-Germanic *burgijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bhergh-. Akin to Old High German boragen, borgen (German borgen), Old English borgian. More at borrow. pronunciation
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  • {{enPR}}, /ˈbɑː(ɹ)ɡən/, /ˈbɑː(ɹ).ɡɪn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An agreement between parties concerning the sale of property; or a contract by which one party bind himself to transfer the right to some property for a consideration, and the other party binds himself to receive the property and pay the consideration.
    • {{rfdate}} Wharton's Law Lexicon A contract is a bargain that is legally binding.
  2. An agreement or stipulation; mutual pledge.
    • {{rfdate}}, William Shakespeare And whon your honors mean to solemnize The bargain of your faith.
  3. An item (usually brand new) purchased for significantly less than the usual, or recommended, price; also (when not qualified), a gainful transaction; an advantageous purchase. exampleto buy a thing at a bargain exampleAt that price, it's not just a bargain, it's a steal.
    • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor;{{nb...}}.
  4. The thing stipulated or purchased.
    • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare She was too fond of her most filthy bargain.
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: contract, engagement, purchase, stipulation, (an advantageous purchase) steal
antonyms:
  • rip-off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make a bargain; to make a contract for the exchange of property or services; to negotiate; -- followed by with and for; as, to bargain with a farmer for a cow. So worthless peasants bargain for their wives. -- Shakespeare. united we bargain, divided we beg
  2. (transitive) To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade; as, to bargain one horse for another.
anagrams:
  • braaing

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