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Both meanings are about adjust or fix, but I can't manage to understand why

温度を調整した ( right )
温度を整えた ( wrong )

If 整える usually means fix something to the right condition/state the second sentence should be ok as well.

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    What is the source of this usage prescription? Does it have a specific context? Or is it framed as a blanket injunction against 温度を整えた?
    – goldbrick
    Dec 21 '19 at 12:17
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Here is an outdated answer:

整える is not used for 'to adjust'. My Japanese-English dictionary at hand lists 'fix' and 'prepare' for 整える. You don't say 'fix the temperature' in English, do you?

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整える does not mean to 'fix' something, but to prepare and make tidy. It can be used as 部屋を整える : clean up the room or 資料を整える : prepare and make the data in order.

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