Definition of conform
- conform furrows to the slope of the land
- changes that conform with our plans
- conform to another's wishes
- The building doesn't conform to local regulations.
- the pressure to conform
Most teenagers feel pressure to conform.
the list conforms with the contents of the trunk
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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.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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