- 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 conformed
Soon, he introduced silhouettes that conformed to the body, spaghetti straps, and dresses that looked like lingerie.John Galliano, Fired by Dior, Checks Into Rehab
March 2, 2011
She conformed beautifully, but you would have felt she understood your not conforming.The Prisoner
To these images and values he conformed, not submissively, but with a militant enthusiasm.Erik Dorn
Scott was satisfied with the explanation, for it conformed with what he found in his book.Four Young Explorers
The French conformed, as far as possible, to the modes of life of the Indians.
All his predecessors, as far as I can remember, conformed to the regulation.
- (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 conformed
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.