An example of conform is wearing a uniform to work; conform with a work dress code.
- to make the same or similar: to conform one's idea to another's
- to bring into harmony or agreement; adapt: often used reflexively
Origin of conformMiddle English conformen ; from Old French conformer ; from Classical Latin conformare, to fashion, form ; from com-, together + formare, to form
- to be or become the same or similar
- to be in accord or agreement: the house conforms to specifications
- to behave in a conventional way, esp. in accepting without question customs, traditions, prevailing opinion, etc.
- Eng. History to adhere to the practices of the Anglican Church
verbcon·formed, con·form·ing, con·forms
- a. To be or act in accord with a set of standards, expectations, or specifications: a computer that conforms with the manufacturer's advertising claims; students learning to conform to school safety rules. See Synonyms at correspond.b. To act, often unquestioningly, in accordance with traditional customs or prevailing standards: “Our table manners &ellipsis; change from time to time, but the changes are not reasoned out; we merely notice and conform” (Mark Twain).
- To be similar in form or pattern: a windy road that conforms to the coastline; a shirt that conforms to different body shapes.
Origin of conformMiddle English conformen, from Old French conformer, from Latin c&omacron;nf&omacron;rmare, to shape after : com-, com- + f&omacron;rmare, to shape (from f&omacron;rma, shape).
(third-person singular simple present conforms, present participle conforming, simple past and past participle conformed)
- (intransitive, of persons, often followed by to) To act in accordance with expectations; to behave in the manner of others, especially as a result of social pressure.
- (intransitive, of things, situations, etc.) To be in accordance with a set of specifications or regulations, or with a policy or guideline.
- To make similar in form or nature; to make suitable for a purpose; to adapt.