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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conformverb

    be similar, be in line with

  2. adjust, conform, adaptverb

    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

    "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"


  1. conformverb

    To act in accordance with expectations; to behave in the manner of others, especially as a result of social pressure.

    Etymology: From conformen, from conformer, from conformare

  2. conformverb

    To be in accordance with a set of specifications or regulations, or with a policy or guideline.

    Etymology: From conformen, from conformer, from conformare

  3. conformverb

    To make similar in form or nature; to make suitable for a purpose; to adapt.

    Etymology: From conformen, from conformer, from conformare

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conformadjective

    of the same form; similar in import; conformable

    Etymology: [L. conformis; con- + forma form: cf. F. conforme.]

  2. Conformverb

    to shape in accordance with; to make like; to bring into harmony or agreement with; -- usually with to or unto

    Etymology: [L. conformis; con- + forma form: cf. F. conforme.]

  3. Conformverb

    to be in accord or harmony; to comply; to be obedient; to submit; -- with to or with

    Etymology: [L. conformis; con- + forma form: cf. F. conforme.]

  4. Conformverb

    to comply with the usages of the Established Church; to be a conformist

    Etymology: [L. conformis; con- + forma form: cf. F. conforme.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conform

    kon-form′, v.t. to make like or of the same form with: to adapt.—v.i. to be of the same form; to comply: to obey.—n. Conformabil′ity, state of being conformable.—adj. Conform′able, corresponding in form: suitable: compliant.—adv. Conform′ably.—ns. Conformā′tion, particular form, shape, or structure: adaptation; Conform′er, Conform′ist, one who conforms, esp. with the worship of the Established Church; Conform′ity, likeness: compliance: consistency.—In conformity with, in accordance with. [L. conformārecon, with, and formāreforma, form.]

Editors Contribution

  1. conform

    To act or behave as defined in a specific rule, guideline, law, process, procedure, standard or code.

    They did conform to the government guidelines and ensured they submitted their tax return before the completion date.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conform' in Verbs Frequency: #966

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conform in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conform in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of conform in a Sentence

  1. Mike Pompeo:

    Strategically, the Obama administration made a bet that the deal would spur Iran to stop its rogue-state actions and conform to international norms, that bet was a loser with massive repercussions for all people living in Middle East.

  2. Michael Kim:

    Society pressures young people to conform to certain standards, and Prince was anything but standardized.

  3. Shakti Gawain:

    We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples' models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.

  4. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster:

    An American priority must be preventing the collapse of the Afghan government, lest the Taliban’s partners, including al Qaeda and other jihadist terrorists, re-establish a base to plan, prepare and direct attacks against the U.S., its allies and others who don’t conform to their perverted interpretation of Islam. Other objectives should include limiting the humanitarian disaster and ensuring that the gains the Afghan people—especially women and girls—made since 2001 aren’t lost.

  5. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann:

    The need of an insecure psychiatrist to draw security from a virtuous adjustment to the conventionalities of his time and from a quest for approval from "the good and the great" may turn out to be another agent interfering with his ability to listen in a therapeutically valid fashion. This type of dependence gives rise to the danger that the psychiatrist may consider the changeable man-made standards of the society in which he lives to be eternal values to which he and his patients must conform.

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  • تتفقArabic
  • съобразявам се, подчинявам се на, съответствувамBulgarian
  • συμμορφώνονταιGreek
  • noudattaaFinnish
  • s'alignerFrench
  • conformDutch
  • dostosować sięPolish
  • [[estar]] [[em]] [[conformidade]] [[com]], conformar-sePortuguese
  • acorda, concorda, conformaRomanian
  • сообразовывать, соответствовать, быть подобным, согласоваться, сообразовываться, подчинятьсяRussian
  • uymakTurkish
  • theoVietnamese

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