Lind attended Highland High School in Anderson, Indiana. Lind was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round (242nd overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. He did not sign with the Twins, and attended the University of South Alabama in 2003 and 2004 before being drafted by the Jays in 2004 as a draft-eligible sophomore. In 2003, he was named as a Freshman second team All-American first baseman. In 2004, he was named a Sun Belt Conference All-Star outfielder.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected Lind in the third round, with the 83rd overall selection of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft. In his first professional season, Lind hit .312 with 7 home runs and 50 runs batted in 70 games for the Low-A Auburn Doubledays. He was promoted to the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays in 2005, where he batted .313 with 12 home runs and 84 RBI in 126 games played.
Lind was a September call-up for the Blue Jays in 2006, and his first major league hit, a double, came on September 2 against Lenny DiNardo of the Boston Red Sox. He finished the 2006 MLB season with 18 games and .367 batting average. He hit his first major league career home run on September 10 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim off fellow rookie Jered Weaver. At the major league level in 2006, Lind hit .367 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI. In the minors that season, Lind batted .330 with 24 home runs and 89 RBI split between the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Triple-A Syracuse SkyChiefs. For his efforts in Double-A, he was named the 2006 Eastern League MVP
Lind was called up on April 13, 2007 from Syracuse to replace Reed Johnson, who was placed on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his back. Lind was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on July 7, 2007 when Johnson was activated from the disabled list. For the 2007 season, Lind had a .238 batting average with 11 homers and 48 RBI. After a poor start to the 2008 season, Lind was demoted to Triple-A. He subsequently hit .300 at the Triple-A level and earned a call-up again to the Blue Jays on June 21, 2008. After being recalled, Lind finished the 2008 season hitting .282 with 9 homers and 40 RBI.
In 2009, Lind was the Opening Day designated hitter for the Blue Jays and drove in six runs against the Detroit Tigers, a Blue Jay Opening Day record, propelling the Jays to a 12 - 5 victory. He went on to tie the Blue Jays record of 11 RBI in five games to start the season, set by Carlos Delgado in 2001. Lind ended April with 4 homers, 20 RBIs and a .315 batting average in 23 games. In a game against the Texas Rangers on August 31, Lind hit a grand slam, the first of his career, and had a career single-game high eight RBI. He became the second Blue Jay of the 2009 season (after Lyle Overbay) to win AL Player of the Week (for the week ending September 6), sharing the award with Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria. On September 14, Lind drove in three runs to reach 100 RBIs on the season, becoming the first Blue Jay to do so since Troy Glaus and Vernon Wells in 2006. The next day Lind hit his 30th home run of the season, joining teammate Aaron Hill with thirty or more home runs. On September 29, 2009, Lind hit three home runs in a game against the Boston Red Sox. He finished the 2009 season with 35 HR, 114 RBI, a batting average of .305, 46 doubles, and 179 hits.
Lind won the Edgar Martinez Award as the outstanding DH for the 2009 season on December 15, 2009. He became the third Jay to win the award. Previous Jays to win the award were Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor.
On April 3, 2010, Lind signed a contract extension with the Blue Jays. He will earn $400,000 in the 2010 season, with a $600,000 signing bonus, and $5 million per season for 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Blue Jays also have the right to exercise yearly club options of $7 million for 2014 (or buy out the contract for $2 million), $7.5 million for 2015 (or $1.5 million buyout), and $8 million for 2016 (or $500,000 buyout).
On opening day of the 2011 season, Lind hit his first home run of the season, back-to-back with José Bautista.
On May 18, Lind was placed on the 15-day DL for "lower back stiffness", retroactive to May 8. On June 4, Lind made his return to the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles. He finished 0-3 with one walk.
On August 13, Lind hit his 100th career home run (and his second grand slam of the season) off Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starter Jered Weaver.
In a game against the Kansas City Royals on April 20, 2012, Lind recorded the first two outs of a triple play, the first triple play by the Blue Jays since 1979, and the fourth in franchise history.
On May 17, 2012, the Blue Jays optioned Lind to Las Vegas. Yan Gomes was called up to replace Lind.
In May 2012, Adam Lind was placed on outright waivers. This made it possible for another team to claim Lind and to become responsible for the remainder of his contract Lind went unclaimed and on May 31, was removed from the Blue Jays 40-man roster, allowing the team to select the contract of Robert Coello.
On June 24, 2012, the Blue Jays recalled Lind from Triple-A, transferring Sergio Santos from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list to make space.
Lind had a bounce back year for the Blue Jays in 2013. He hit .288, with 23 home runs, and 67 RBI while playing the majority of his games at first base.
In 2014, Lind spent time on the disabled list due to a broken foot. He saw a reduction in his power numbers, but improved his batting average, finishing the season with a .321 batting average, 6 home runs, and 40 RBI in 96 games.
On November 1, 2014, Lind was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for pitcher Marco Estrada. He played in 149 games for the Brewers in 2015, and batted .277 with 20 home runs and 87 RBI. On November 3, the Brewers exercised their $8 million option on Lind for the 2016 season.
On December 9, 2015, the Brewers traded Lind to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor leaguers Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki, and Freddy Peralta.
On February 15, 2017, Lind signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals. The contract includes a mutual option for the 2018 season. On his first at bat, pinch hitting for Stephen Strasburg, Lind hit a 2-run home run.
Lind was born in Muncie, Indiana, on July 17, 1983, and later moved to Anderson, Indiana, where he attended high school. He has an older sister, Allison, who plays volleyball.
Lind is Catholic. His wife, Lakeyshia Bertie, is originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario; the couple met while Lind was playing for the Blue Jays in 2007, and they were married in a Catholic ceremony on November 13, 2010, in Toronto. She gave birth to their first daughter in September 2011. A son, their second child, was born on April 25, 2013. His nickname is "Adam Bomb."