adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances.
adapted themselves to the warmer climate
adjust suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism.
adjusted the budget to allow for inflation
accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence.
businesses accommodating themselves to the new political reality
conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle.
refused to conform to society's values
reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible.
tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew
Examples of adjust in a Sentence
The car is easier to drive since the clutch was adjusted.
I adjusted the volume on the radio.
She adjusted the car seat so she could reach the pedals.
Going to a new school can be difficult, but the kids will eventually adjust.
It's hard to adjust myself to the idea that she's gone.
He makes less money now, when you adjust for inflation, than he did 10 years ago. See More
Recent Examples on the WebAccording to our writer Jaina Grey, during testing the straps were easy to manage and adjust, were unobtrusive, and keep out of the way.—Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 25 Nov. 2023 Economic data is often seasonally adjusted, meaning the numbers are smoothed out so that trends over time are more visible without the noise of seasonal cycles.—Ella Koeze, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 The rotating bindings are also easy to adjust for quick on and off, and a flexible forefoot combined with a thicker heel strap keep the fit secure.—Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 22 Nov. 2023 Fathers who have more access to paternity leave are better able to adjust to parenthood and are better co-parents, according to a growing body of neuroscience research.—Trey Williams, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 The steering wheels are covered in multifunction dials and buttons, which allow a driver to adjust things like brake balance, the amount of regen braking, how the rear differential locks, and more.—Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 21 Nov. 2023 The half-zip sweatshirt adjusts to your liking, while the tracksuit keeps you warm.—Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 In response, Meta adjusts its algorithm to gauge user engagement probabilities, expanding your reach but diluting the conversion funnel, resulting in a less responsive and cooler user base.—Aleks Farseev, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 But a brain with the right learning algorithm might adjust the weights among its neurons to favor sensible combinations over incoherent ones.—Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'adjust.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.
borrowed from French ajuster (earlier and Middle French also spelled adjuster), going back to Old French ajouster "to make comply with," from a- (going back to Latin ad-ad-) + -jouster, verbal derivative of juste "right, exact" — more at just entry 1