Definition of conform in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈfɔːm/


[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.
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.
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.
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


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

  • form from Middle English:

    Form goes back to Latin forma ‘a mould or form’, and is an element in many English words such as conform (Middle English) make like something else; deform (Late Middle English) ‘mis-shape’; and reform (Middle English) ‘put back into shape’. Formal (Late Middle English) originally meant ‘relating to form’, and developed the sense ‘prim, stiff’ in the early 16th century. Format (mid 19th century) came via French and German from Latin formatus (liber) ‘shaped (book)’. Formula (early 17th century) was in Latin a ‘little form’ and was at first a fixed form of words used in ceremonies. Use in chemistry is from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with conform

corm, dorm, form, forme, haulm, lukewarm, Maugham, misinform, norm, outperform, perform, shawm, storm, swarm, transform, underperform, warm

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