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conform (kənˈfɔːm Pronunciation for conform



  1. (intransitive) usually foll by to to comply in actions, behaviour, etc, with accepted standards or norms
  2. (intransitive) usually foll by with to be in accordance; fit in   ⇒ he conforms with my idea of a teacher
  3. to make or become similar in character or form
  4. (intransitive) to comply with the practices of an established church, esp the Church of England
  5. (transitive) to bring (oneself, ideas, etc) into harmony or agreement

Derived Forms

conˈformer noun
conˈformingly adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French conformer, from Latin confirmāre to establish, strengthen, from firmāre to make firm, from firmus firm1


View thesaurus entry
= fit in, follow, yield, adjust, adapt, comply, obey, fall in, toe the line, follow the crowd, run with the pack, follow convention
= fulfil, meet, match, suit, satisfy, agree with, obey, abide by, accord with, square with, correspond with, tally with, harmonize with

Translations for 'conform'

  • British English: conform If something conforms to something such as a law or someone's wishes, it is of the required type or quality. VERBThe lamp has been designed to conform to new safety standards.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: conformar-se
  • Chinese: 相符合与法律、愿望等
  • European Spanish: acomodarse
  • French: être conforme
  • German: sich anpassen
  • Italian: essere conforme
  • Japanese: 準拠する
  • Korean: ~에 따르다
  • Portuguese: estar em conformidade
  • Spanish: acomodarse

Example Sentences Including 'conform'

Admittedly, of the three Serie A teams to reach the Champions League semi-finals, Inter conform most closely to the negative stereotype.
Spiked (2003)
Everything must undergo transformation: and to that process which a human body must submit, human memory must also conform.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
Her Grace fails to conform to any of the arcane aristocratic stereotypes.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Never in my 20 years in media have I seen such unconscionable pressure exerted on journalists to conform to the government's party line.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
Never mind whether Mr. Eves's broadsides conform to areas of provincial jurisdiction.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The pressures on us to conform to a certain lifestyle have never been greater.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Those who do not conform in terms of race, nationality or religion are easily dealt with.
Dorothy Rowe BEYOND FEAR (2002)
Towards the end of such an afternoon, we would conform to some undeclared curfew for mothers and babies and turn indoors.
Adair, Tom (Intro) Three Kinds of Kissing - Scottish Short Stories
`Regrettably, owl nature being what it is, some do conform to the pattern that you mention.
Hocke, Martin The Ancient and Solitary Reign


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