Definition of conform in English:

conform

Line breaks: con|form
Pronunciation: /kənˈfɔːm
 
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verb

[no object]
1Comply with rules, standards, or laws: the kitchen does not conform to hygiene regulations the changes were introduced to conform with international classifications
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  • Because such publications do not conform to any standardized rules, this information is not computer readable.
  • And, like many other populist legal actions, it doesn't conform with our ideal of justice - the rule of law.
  • Prosecutors scaled back the number to eight to conform to new rules calling for swifter trials.
Synonyms
comply with, abide by, obey, observe, follow, keep to, hold to, adhere to; satisfy, match up to, meet, fulfil, be in accordance with; stick to, stand by, act in accordance with, uphold, heed, pay attention to, agree to/with, consent to, accede to, accept, acquiesce in, go along with, fall in with, adapt to, accommodate to, adjust to, acknowledge, respect, defer to
1.1(Of a person) behave according to socially acceptable conventions or standards: the pressure to conform
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  • He accepts he does not conform to the public school or Oxbridge stereotype, as he was brought up on a council estate in Dringhouses and educated at Millthorpe School.
  • In exchange, they must conform to extensive social and environmental criteria.
  • But then life is so much easier when we imagine that people conform to a stereotype.
Synonyms
follow convention, be conventional, follow tradition, follow custom, fit in, adapt, adjust, follow the crowd, run with the pack, swim with the stream; comply, acquiesce, do what one is told, toe the line, obey the rules, comply with the rules, observe the rules, abide by the rules, adhere to the rules, act in accordance with the rules, follow the rules, keep to the rules, stick to the rules; submit, yield
informal play it by the book, play by the rules, keep in step, go with the flow
1.2Be similar in form or type; agree: the countryside should conform to a certain idea of the picturesque
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  • The performers of the reading were uniformly matched and admirably conformed to the director's wishes in under six hours of rehearsal making the event memorable.
  • His description of the height and build of the person does not conform to the height and build of the appellant at the relevant time.
  • Meanwhile, he himself can slag people off just because they don't conform to his narrow vision of what constitutes a Brit.
Synonyms
match, fit, suit, answer, agree with, be like, be similar to, coincide with, correspond to, correlate to, be consistent with, be consonant with, be comparable with, measure up to, go with, tally with, square with, accord with, parallel, harmonize with

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'make (something) like another thing'): from Old French conformer, from Latin conformare, from con- 'together' + formare 'to form'.

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