verb (used without object)
to act in accordance or harmony; comply (usually followed by to ): to conform to rules.
to act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc., of society or a group: One has to conform in order to succeed in this company.
to be or become similar in form, nature, or character.
to be in harmony or accord.
to comply with the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.
verb (used with object)
to make similar in form, nature, or character.
to bring into agreement, correspondence, or harmony.
Archaic. conformable.

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

conformer, noun
conformingly, adverb
nonconforming, adjective
preconform, verb
quasi-conforming, adjective
reconform, verb
unconformed, adjective
unconforming, adjective

1. yield, agree, consent. 3. correspond, agree, tally. 7. adapt, adjust, accommodate.

1, 5. dissent. 3. differ. Unabridged
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conform (kənˈfɔːm)
vb (usually foll by to) (usually foll by with)
1.  to comply in actions, behaviour, etc, with accepted standards or norms
2.  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.  (intr) to comply with the practices of an established church, esp the Church of England
5.  (tr) to bring (oneself, ideas, etc) into harmony or agreement
[C14: from Old French conformer, from Latin confirmāre to establish, strengthen, from firmāre to make firm, from firmusfirm1]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. conformer "make or be similar" (13c.), from L. conformare "to fashion of the same form," from com- "together" + formare "to form." 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 (c.1600).
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Example sentences
Some letters conformed to the etiquette of a peer-reviewed scientific paper, with an abstract and footnotes.
They could watch the action unfold, so to speak, in a test tube but weren't sure how close the pace conformed to real life.
The world would be much too bland if everyone conformed to the herd mentality.
And they examined this fictional social network to see if it conformed to the properties seen in real-world networks.
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