conform

verb
con·​form | \ kən-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce conform (audio) \
conformed; conforming; conforms

Definition of conform

transitive verb

: to give the same shape, outline, or contour to : bring into harmony or accord conform furrows to the slope of the land

intransitive verb

1 : to be similar or identical also : to be in agreement or harmony used with to or with changes that conform with our plans
2a : to be obedient or compliant usually used with toconform to another's wishesThe building doesn't conform to local regulations.
b : to act in accordance with prevailing standards or customs the pressure to conform

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Other Words from conform

conformer noun
conformism \ kən-​ˈfȯr-​ˌmi-​zəm How to pronounce conformism (audio) \ noun

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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

Did You Know?

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.

Examples of conform in a Sentence

Most teenagers feel pressure to conform. the list conforms with the contents of the trunk
Recent Examples on the Web In many of the cases, supervisors helped them change the answers to conform to what is allowed under the Constitution. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Inviting Donald Trump to address top cops gathering in Chicago is a slap in the face to our city — an opportunity Trump has been waiting for," 28 Oct. 2019 The hope is that customers — notably, group purchasing organizations for hospitals, but also consumers — would reward drug companies that consistently make medicines that conform to quality standards. Ed Silverman, STAT, "FDA considers a rating system for manufacturing facilities as a way to fight drug shortages," 28 Oct. 2019 The City Council on Wednesday is set to consider a resolution and ordinance to tweak the City Charter and approve rules to conform to the new state law on the stress disorders. oregonlive, "Stress-related disability claims filed by Portland police, firefighters expected to increase under new state law," 16 Oct. 2019 AgriProtein, which intends to expand its reach beyond South Africa, formulates its proprietary mixes to conform to the rules in destination markets. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 4 July 2019 Products that conform to those extremely high standards are on shelves with a Premium Body Care seal. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Whole Foods' Annual Beauty Week Event Has Arrived and Every Product Is on Sale," 12 Mar. 2019 The now defunct government of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim issued a last-minute decree revamping ministries to conform to the new executive presidency structure. Zeynep Bilginsoy, Fox News, "Erdogan inaugurates Turkey's powerful executive presidency," 10 July 2018 Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100 percent to see them treat me like this is unfairly! Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Antonio Brown reverses on quitting the NFL: "I love football and I miss it"," 7 Nov. 2019 If Younger’s child is acting like and preferring to be a boy, the child could be conforming to the father’s expectations and adapting in a way that diminishes stress, Mitrani said. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, "Two parents disagree over whether their 7-year-old is transgender. Now they share custody.," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of conform

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for conform

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

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The first known use of conform was in the 14th century

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“Conform.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conformed. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for conform

conform

verb
How to pronounce conform (audio)

English Language Learners 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

conform

verb
con·​form | \ kən-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce conform (audio) \
conformed; conforming

Kids Definition of conform

1 : to make or be like : agree, accord The weather conforms to the recent pattern.
2 : comply Every student needs to conform to school rules.
con·​form | \ kən-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce conform (audio) \

Legal Definition of conform

: to be in accordance : correspond in character specifically : to be in accordance with the provisions of a contract

Other Words from conform

conformance \ kən-​ˈfȯr-​məns How to pronounce conformance (audio) \ noun
conformity \ kən-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​tē How to pronounce conformity (audio) \ noun

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