- 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 conforming
There would be, he said, an “anxiety that comes with not conforming to the ideological norm.”The Awful Apps That Let You Vote With Your Wallet
August 22, 2014
Many tourists are not so adept at conforming to America's very strict customs about standing in line, but are they really rude?Are Americans Really So Rude?
October 3, 2012
She conformed beautifully, but you would have felt she understood your not conforming.The Prisoner
They vacillate, conforming now to the interest of the wage-workers, now to the interest of the employers.Socialism
Shakespeare is blamed for not conforming to standards unknown to his generation.William Shakespeare
Let me illustrate what I mean by conforming to the standard.Outdoor Sketching
Francis Hopkinson Smith
In forty-five departments we know that there were 13,426 conforming clergy.Lectures on the French Revolution
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
- (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 conforming
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.