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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
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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Examples for conforms
  • It conforms to any shape, he says, and it's easy to change.
  • Maybe because it conforms to a storyline that the press thinks it knows how to handle.
  • Depicted as a geometric shape, this pattern conforms to a donut-shaped figure known as a torus.
  • Start to review all available research and stop picking only the work that conforms to your pre-conceptions.
  • How well a model predicts depends on how well it conforms to reality.
  • There is no magic in that: it conforms with the principle of the conservation of energy and of matter.
  • Of the examples that follow, the first conforms to the correct type, but no serious harm would be done if it did not.
  • Some of the evidence from individual countries conforms to standard economic reasoning.
  • Yet the story of his parents conforms to this template.
  • The new adventure begins, and she's open to it-she gets into it, she conforms to it.
British Dictionary definitions for conforms

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 conforms
conform
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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