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
Though the insult was directed at his opponent, feminists reclaimed it as a term that describes a woman who refuses to conform to narrow idea of how a woman is supposed to behave.
Feel self-conscious about physical changes and feel pressure to conform to cultural gender norms.
Current licenses force residents to conform to genders that don’t accurately reflect their identity.
Oregon has become the first state to allow gender non-conforming citizens to reject the binary boundaries of the male/female gender option on their driver's licenses.
Administrators said the new policies conform to Senate Bill 100, which addresses policies and procedures related to student discipline.
Use the palm of your hand to conform to the curved surface of the lens.
Last year, the company launched new gender options, which created dozens of auto-fill options for trans and non-conforming users.
Former detainees have described being forced by prison guards to dance the country’s national women’s dance, and to assume female names, to ridicule them for not conforming to homophobic and misogynistic ‘
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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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