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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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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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 This concern—that the mere act of reporting on a majority opinion encourages people to conform to it—goes back as far as the 1930s and 1940s, as historian Jill Lepore noted in 2015 for The New Yorker. Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, "America Has a Sick Obsession with Covid-19 Polls," 8 July 2020 As the project needed to conform to the set publication timeline, the design and space had to be thoroughly measured, evaluated, digitally generated and content incorporated as part of the selection and review process. Anchorage Daily News, "An opportunity to listen as our ‘Unheard’ project becomes a museum installation," 1 July 2020 The current hospital doesn’t conform to current seismic standards. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "UCSF hospital revamp plan creates ill will in the neighborhood," 14 June 2020 For Raven-Symoné, those raw emotions stem from years of feeling pressure to conform. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "Raven-Symoné Gets Candid About Body-Shaming, Sexuality and Finding Love with New Wife," 8 July 2020 The eventual layout and list of features might not conform exactly with what’s shown. al, "Mobile County has big plans for its new waterfront park," 3 July 2020 As the project needed to conform to the set publication timeline, the design and space had to be thoroughly measured, evaluated, digitally generated and content incorporated as part of the selection and review process. Anchorage Daily News, "An opportunity to listen as our ‘Unheard’ project becomes a museum installation," 1 July 2020 Analysts say that Egypt's government often enforces conservative values by imprisoning, torturing and silencing women, members of the LGBTQ community and other citizens who don't conform to its social norms. Sarah El Sirgany, CNN, "How one gay Egyptian woman stood up to homophobia and paid the ultimate price," 17 June 2020 The ear hooks are malleable and will conform to your ear after just a few wears, so there’s no worry about these falling off even during the toughest of workouts. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 16 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'conform.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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24 Jul 2020

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“Conform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conform. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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