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Definition of conform verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    conform

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈfɔːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfɔːrm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conform
    BrE BrE//kənˈfɔːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfɔːrm//
     
    he / she / it conforms
    BrE BrE//kənˈfɔːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfɔːrmz//
     
    past simple conformed
    BrE BrE//kənˈfɔːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfɔːrmd//
     
    past participle conformed
    BrE BrE//kənˈfɔːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfɔːrmd//
     
    -ing form conforming
    BrE BrE//kənˈfɔːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfɔːrmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to behave and think in the same way as most other people in a group or society There is considerable pressure on teenagers to conform. conform to something He refused to conform to the local customs. Wordfinderaction, approach, attitude, behaviour, conform, eccentric, etiquette, habit, manners, morality Wordfindercivil rights, class, conform, convention, culture, custom, elite, equality, outsider, society
  2. 2[intransitive] conform to/with something to obey a rule, law, etc. synonym comply The building does not conform with safety regulations.
  3. 3[intransitive] conform to something to agree with or match something Wordsworth changed the ideas of his poem to conform with his later religious and political opinions. It did not conform to the usual stereotype of an industrial city.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘make (something) like another thing’): from Old French conformer, from Latin conformare, from con- ‘together’ + formare ‘to form’.Extra examples The accountant’s reports appear to conform with the requirements of professional standards. The toys fail to conform to current safety standards. This equipment conforms fully with the latest safety regulations. the attempt to force science to conform with a political or social ideology
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