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 Elizabeth Warren is trying to conform to the Democratic party, and to a Democratic party that has been changed by Bernie Sanders. Nr Staff, National Review, "The ’90s Flashback Episode," 17 Jan. 2020 Here Fink is on trend again, writing in his letter that BlackRock won’t shy away from using its shareholder clout to pressure companies into conforming to ESG standards. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "BlackRock arrives fashionably late to sustainable portfolios," 16 Jan. 2020 Speaking of not conforming: While the Disney+ film is only streaming, its comic book counterpart will simultaneously air on both the DC Universe platform and The CW. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Choose your Stargirl: The difference between the Disney+ and DC Universe projects," 16 Jan. 2020 Hazelgrove contends the haircuts were not about conforming to white standards as some of her critics have suggested. NBC News, "Head of charity backed by NFL and Jay-Z's Roc Nation apologizes for dreadlock cutting," 7 Sep. 2019 By conforming the tube to the fish, there’s no need to move a column of water, ensuring no practical height limit to the tubes’ ability to rise over dams. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How That Mesmerizing Fish Tube Works," 12 Aug. 2019 But of course, there’s far more at stake in Season 2 than conforming to the rigid standards of judgey Monterey moms. oregonlive.com, "‘Big Little Lies’ returns: Meryl Streep and a superb cast make Season 2 deliciously watchable," 5 June 2019 But Backhaus has specified that all the roles be performed by actors who are either women or gender non-conforming. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "In real life they were white men. This Baltimore play uses women, people of color to tell their story.," 13 Dec. 2019 Nearly three-fourths of transgender and gender non-conforming Americans slain in the last three years were killed with a firearm, according to data published this month by the gun violence prevention advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Guns are responsible for nearly ¾ of the killings of transgender people since 2017, data shows," 20 Nov. 2019

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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“Conform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conformism?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=confor02. Accessed 22 Feb. 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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