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conform

[kuh n-fawrm] /kənˈfɔrm/
verb (used without object)
1.
to act in accordance or harmony; comply (usually followed by to):
to conform to rules.
2.
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.
3.
to be or become similar in form, nature, or character.
4.
to be in harmony or accord.
5.
to comply with the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.
verb (used with object)
6.
to make similar in form, nature, or character.
7.
to bring into agreement, correspondence, or harmony.
adjective
8.
Archaic. conformable.
Origin of conform
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English confo(u)rmen < Anglo-French, Middle French conformer < Latin confōrmāre to shape. See con-, form
Related forms
conformer, noun
conformingly, adverb
nonconforming, adjective
preconform, verb
quasi-conforming, adjective
reconform, verb
unconformed, adjective
unconforming, adjective
Synonyms
1. yield, agree, consent. 3. correspond, agree, tally. 7. adapt, adjust, accommodate.
Antonyms
1, 5. dissent. 3. differ.
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  • Every person who does not know this will find it out in every attempt at not conforming or at changing this order of things.

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

    Socialism John Spargo
  • He seemed to have a tact beyond his years in discovering and conforming to the peculiarities of human character.

    The Surgeon's Daughter Sir Walter Scott
  • Let me illustrate what I mean by conforming to the standard.

    Outdoor Sketching Francis Hopkinson Smith
  • The time during which he is on licence, and conforming to the conditions therein, counts as time served in the institution.

  • In forty-five departments we know that there were 13,426 conforming clergy.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • Evidently life will frequently be saved by conforming to the later and higher stimulus, instead of to the earlier and lower.

    The Data of Ethics Herbert Spencer
  • They twisted about and wound in and out, conforming to the shape of the top of the hill.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
British Dictionary definitions for conforming

conform

/kənˈfɔːm/
verb
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
conformer, noun
conformingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French conformer, from Latin confirmāre to establish, strengthen, from firmāre to make firm, from firmusfirm1
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Word Origin and History for conforming

conform

v.

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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