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.

Origin of conform

1275–1325; Middle English confo(u)rmen < Anglo-French, Middle French conformer < Latin confōrmāre to shape. See con-, form
Related formscon·form·er, nouncon·form·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·form·ing, adjectivepre·con·form, verbqua·si-con·form·ing, adjectivere·con·form, verbun·con·formed, adjectiveun·con·form·ing, adjective

Synonyms for conform

Antonyms for conform

1, 5. dissent. 3. differ. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for conforming

harmonious, obedient

Examples from the Web for conforming

Contemporary Examples of conforming

Historical Examples of conforming

  • She conformed beautifully, but you would have felt she understood your not conforming.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • They vacillate, conforming now to the interest of the wage-workers, now to the interest of the employers.


    John Spargo

  • Shakespeare is blamed for not conforming to standards unknown to his generation.

    William Shakespeare

    John Masefield

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for conforming



(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 Formsconformer, 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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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.

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