verb con·form \kən-ˈfrm\

: to be similar to or the same as something

: to obey or agree with something

: to do what other people do : to behave in a way that is accepted by most people

Full Definition of CONFORM

transitive verb
:  to give the same shape, outline, or contour to :  bring into harmony or accord <conform furrows to the slope of the land>
intransitive verb
:  to be similar or identical; also :  to be in agreement or harmony —used with to or with <changes that conform with our plans>
a :  to be obedient or compliant —usually used with to <conform to another's wishes>
b :  to act in accordance with prevailing standards or customs <the pressure to conform>
con·form·er noun
con·form·ism \-ˈfr-ˌmi-zəm\ noun
con·form·ist \-mist\ noun or adjective

Origin of CONFORM

Middle English, from Anglo-French conformer, from Latin conformare, from com- + formare to form, from forma form
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of CONFORM

adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances <adapted themselves to the warmer climate>. adjust suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism <adjusted the budget to allow for inflation>. accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence <accommodated his political beliefs in order to win>. conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle <refused to conform to society's values>. reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible <tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew>.
CONFORM Defined for Kids


verb con·form \kən-ˈfrm\

Definition of CONFORM for Kids

:  to make or be like :  agree, accord <The weather conforms to the recent pattern.>
:  comply <Every student needs to conform to school rules.>

Word Root of CONFORM

The Latin word forma, meaning form or shape, gives us the root form. Words from the Latin forma have something to do with shape. The form of a person or thing is its shape. To conform is to fit in with others in form, shape, or manner. Something formal, such as dinner, follows a specific custom or form. The format of something, such as a book, is its general shape and arrangement.


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