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verb con·form \kən-ˈfȯrm\

Simple Definition of conform

  • : to be similar to or the same as something

  • : to obey or agree with something

  • : to do what other people do : to behave in a way that is accepted by most people

Full Definition of conform

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give the same shape, outline, or contour to :  bring into harmony or accord <conform furrows to the slope of the land>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to be similar or identical; also :  to be in agreement or harmony —used with to or with <changes that conform with our plans>

  5. 2 a :  to be obedient or compliant —usually used with to <conform to another's wishes> b :  to act in accordance with prevailing standards or customs <the pressure to conform>

con·form·er noun
con·form·ism play \-ˈfȯr-ˌmi-zəm\ noun
con·form·ist play \-mist\ noun or adjective

Examples of conform

  1. Most teenagers feel pressure to conform.

  2. <the list conforms with the contents of the trunk>

Origin of conform

Middle English, from Anglo-French conformer, from Latin conformare, from com- + formare to form, from forma form

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of conform

adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. 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 <accommodated his political beliefs in order to win>. 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>.

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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