Definition of conform
: to give the same shape, outline, or contour to : bring into harmony or accord conform furrows to the slope of the land
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 to conform to another's wishes The building doesn't conform to local regulations.b : to act in accordance with prevailing standards or customs the pressure to conform
conformismplay \kən-ˈfȯr-ˌmi-zəm\ noun
conformistplay \kən-ˈfȯr-mist\ noun or adjective
Examples of conform in a Sentence
Most teenagers feel pressure to conform.
the list conforms with the contents of the trunk
Recent Examples of conform from the Web
Under city zoning regulations, any property out of compliance with a zoning law that reopens within six months of closing is allowed to continue operating despite the property not conforming to the law.
This is a man who scripts everything, typically months in advance, and expects others around him to do the same — and then to make circumstances yield and conform to his script instead of vice versa.
Think about what the enforcement of bathroom issues is going to look like, and how that’s going to contribute to the criminalization of trans and gender non-conforming people.
The judgment and stigma that single mothers face in many countries are taken to another level in Japan, a homogeneous society where those who do not conform often try to hide their situations — even from their friends and wider family.
The topper was Sunday, when Younts and her grandfather, Terry Younts, stood watching at the NASCAR’s template tent, where cars must conform to size and shape before being approved for each race.
Trump administration officials contend that G7 bureaucrats have developed a vexing habit over the years of adopting lengthy communiques with voluminous annexes that don't conform with the president's vision.
According to the suit, the trucks conform to emissions standards when they are being driven at steady speeds and when outdoor temperatures range from 68 to 86 degrees — the conditions used for some of the emissions testing such trucks undergo.
The Federal Reserve conformed to the betting line and left short-term interest rates unchanged.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of conform
Middle English, from Anglo-French conformer, from Latin conformare, from com- + formare to form, from forma form
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of conform
CONFORM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conform for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Word Root of conform
The Latin word forma, meaning “form” or “shape,” gives us the root form. Words from the Latin forma have something to do with shape. The form of a person or thing is its shape. To conform is to fit in with others in form, shape, or manner. Something formal, such as dinner, follows a specific custom or form. The format of something, such as a book, is its general shape and arrangement.
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