[ kuhn-fawrm ]
/ kənˈfɔrm /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to make similar in form, nature, or character.
to bring into agreement, correspondence, or harmony.


Archaic. conformable.



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Origin of conform

1275–1325; Middle English confo(u)rmen<Anglo-French, Middle French conformer<Latin confōrmāre to shape. See con-, form


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British Dictionary definitions for conform

/ (kənˈfɔːm) /


(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

Derived forms of conform

conformer, nounconformingly, adverb

Word Origin for conform

C14: from Old French conformer, from Latin confirmāre to establish, strengthen, from firmāre to make firm, from firmus firm 1
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