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conform

verb

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1 to be in agreement on every point
  • the list conforms with the contents of the trunk

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2 to form a pleasing relationship
  • last-minute changes in the schedule that conform with our plans nicely

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3 to bring to a state free of conflicts, inconsistencies, or differences
  • we'll have to conform this new rule with existing policy regarding student-run organizations on campus

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4 to change (something) so as to make it suitable for a new use or situation
  • I can be funny or serious, for I always conform my behavior to the situation

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Frequently Asked Questions About conform

How does the verb conform contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of conform are accommodate, adapt, adjust, and reconcile. While all these words mean "to bring one thing into correspondence with another," conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle.

refused to conform to society's values

Where would accommodate be a reasonable alternative to conform?

The words accommodate and conform can be used in similar contexts, but accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence.

accommodated his political beliefs in order to win

When could adapt be used to replace conform?

The meanings of adapt and conform largely overlap; however, adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances.

adapted themselves to the warmer climate

When would adjust be a good substitute for conform?

In some situations, the words adjust and conform are roughly equivalent. However, 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

When might reconcile be a better fit than conform?

The synonyms reconcile and conform are sometimes interchangeable, but 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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The first known use of conform was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Conform.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/conform. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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