- to act in accordance or harmony; comply (usually followed by to): to conform to rules.
- to act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc., of society or a group: One has to conform in order to succeed in this company.
- to be or become similar in form, nature, or character.
- to be in harmony or accord.
- to comply with the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.
- to make similar in form, nature, or character.
- to bring into agreement, correspondence, or harmony.
- Archaic. conformable.
Origin of conform
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Examples from the Web for conform
Certainly some people simply cannot stand to live alongside someone who does not conform to their views.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
On his present trajectory, Putin shows no signs that he will conform to international legal and moral norms.Putin’s World Cup Picasso ‘Bribe’
December 1, 2014
But the fun of reading Lennon is in his outright refusal to conform to expectations.
The book also refuses to conform to conventional novelistic style.
But an absence of niceties nor an unwillingness to conform is not a legitimate cause for impeachment.The University of Texas’s Machiavellian War on Its Regent
October 27, 2014
We are not obliged to conform to any particular set of rules.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
If you do not conform to society, what has society done for me?Night and Morning, Complete
Why can they not conform to the Church, and be plagued to them?Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
I will show them the Holy law to which they must conform, even that which they have broken.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
If you conform to custom, you would not say so much of a husband.The Politician Out-Witted
- (intr usually foll by to) to comply in actions, behaviour, etc, with accepted standards or norms
- (intr usually foll by with) to be in accordance; fit inhe conforms with my idea of a teacher
- to make or become similar in character or form
- (intr) to comply with the practices of an established church, esp the Church of England
- (tr) to bring (oneself, ideas, etc) into harmony or agreement
Word Origin and History for conform
mid-14c., confourmen, from Old French conformer "conform (to), agree (to), make or be similar, be agreeable" (13c.), from Latin conformare "to fashion, to form, to shape; educate; modify," from com- "together" (see com-) + formare "to form" (see form (v.)).
Sense of "to comply with the usages of the Church of England" is from 1610s; hence conformist (1630s), opposed to non-conformist or dissenter. Related: Conformance; conformed; conforming.