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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conform(verb)

    be similar, be in line with

  2. adjust, conform, adapt(verb)

    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

    "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"


  1. conform(Verb)

    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. conform(Verb)

    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. conform(Verb)

    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. Conform(adj)

    of the same form; similar in import; conformable

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

  2. Conform(verb)

    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. Conform(verb)

    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. Conform(verb)

    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 according to a specific rule, guideline, 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  

British National Corpus

  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. Alexander Hamilton:

    Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.

  2. William Hazlitt:

    Fashon is the abortive issue of vain ostentation and exclusive egotism it is haughty, trifling, affected, servile, despotic, mean and ambitious, precise and fantastical, all in a breath -- tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the minute.

  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. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Often we read to conform but not to educate.

  5. Laverne Cox:

    When I got my Emmy nomination this year, my third one, I was like this is weird. I thought, there has to be a bigger reason and I thought, OK, maybe it's about this case and maybe its about raising awareness so that everyone knows our lives are in danger, and a lot of people aren't talking about this case and it has implications for the LGBTQ community, but it has implications for women and anyone who doesn't conform to someone else's idea of like how you should be a man or a woman or both or neither.

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  • 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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