I can't for the life of me remember this word... It's used heavily in the Star Trek series for when engineers have to make live adjustments to keep up with some changing variable. It's a verb and would fit into this sentence:

The font sizes were increased, so I adjusted the label placements to <blank>

I have associated the words "accommodate", "recuperate" and "adjust" with it

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    "Hardly, Admiral, I cannot even guarantee we will escape the Sun's gravity. I will attempt to compensate by altering our trajectory."
    – Gnawme
    Apr 24, 2012 at 22:32
  • If only "<3" took 15 characters
    – Hubro
    Apr 24, 2012 at 22:33

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Compensate (perhaps suit, in spoken usage) probably fits best in OP's exact context, but he could equally well say ...so I adjusted the label placements accordingly.

  • TO COMPENSATE!! I was about to edit in that I thought the word was a synonym of "adapt".. Is it?
    – Hubro
    Apr 24, 2012 at 22:29
  • @Codemonkey: True synonyms are as rare as hens' teeth, and adapt/compensate aren't often synoymous in any context. In your context, adapted is more synonymous with adjusted. Apr 24, 2012 at 22:34
  • "Changed the position to compensate for the increased font size", "Changed the position to adapt to the increase in font size" - English isn't my main language but that seemed (at least a bit) like a synonym to me :P
    – Hubro
    Apr 24, 2012 at 22:38
  • @Codemonkey: Hmm. Your second one there sounds decidedly odd to my ear, but I'm not sure exactly why. I think it's to do with the fact that adapt in this type of usage would generally involve "self-adjustments" made by the agent of the adaptation - for example human beings develop and use culture to adapt to the world. Apr 24, 2012 at 22:48
  • ...i.e. - the "position" didn't "adapt" itself, for any personal benefit, so adapt is just the wrong word in the first place. Apr 24, 2012 at 22:50

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