Conform, with its prefix con-, "with" or "together", means basically "to adopt the form of those around you". Thus, employee behavior must usually conform with basic company policies. A certain philosophy may be said to conform with American values (even if we sometimes have a hard time agreeing on exactly what those are). And a Maine Coon cat or a Dandie Dinmont terrier must conform to its breed requirements in order to be registered for breeding purposes. Being a conformist is usually a safe bet; being a nonconformist, who ignores society's standards and the whole idea of conformity, can be a bit dangerous but also sometimes more fun.
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 conform in a Sentence
Most teenagers feel pressure to conform.
the list conforms with the contents of the trunk
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Middle English, from Anglo-French conformer, from Latin conformare, from com- + formare to form, from forma form