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The word conform and its family (conformable, conformability, conformance, conformation, conformed, conforming, conformist, conformists, conformity, conforms, nonconformist, nonconformists, nonconformity, non-conformist, non-conformists, non-conformity) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Definition of the verb conform

What does conform mean as a doing word?

Conform is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: conformed | conforming | conforms

  1. be similar, be in line with
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • antonym: deviate
    • more specific word: scan = conform to a metrical pattern
  2. adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He adapted himself
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Destination, object control with -ing]He adapted himself to waking up early
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Destination, not sentential clause]He adapted himself to the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Destination]He adapted to the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Destination, subject control with -ing]He adapted to waking up early

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): accommodate, adapt, adjust, assimilate, fit, gear, readapt, readjust.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of conform: adapt / adjust
    • more generic term: get used to = get or become familiar or accustomed with through experience
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb conform


  1. [intransitive, of persons, often followed by [term, to]] To act in accordance with expectations; to behave in the manner of others, especially as a result of social pressure.
  2. [intransitive, of things, situations, etc.] To be in accordance with a set of specifications or regulations, or with a policy or guideline.
  3. [transitive] To make similar in form or nature; to make suitable for a purpose; to adapt.


Conform is a record label.


"Conform" a.k.a. "Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education" is a 2014 book by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe and Kyle Olson.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Conform

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Google previewSuccessful Technological Integration for Competitive Advantage in Retail Settings (2015)

by Pantano, Eleonora

Motivation to conform is the degree to which consumers need help or an opinion from someone else about a product during...

Google previewUpon This Rock (2014)

Building a Firm Foundation that Cannot Be Shaken by Rosie Rivera

To conform means to bring into harmony, to have the same form as another, to be obedient or compliant or submissive. Folks should be able to look at us and know that we are Christians. Our actions have changed, our words have changed, ...

Google previewQuestion Authority; Think for Yourself (2012)

by Beverly A. Potter, Mark James Estren

Confronting pressures to conform is a constant struggle. If you are like most people, you'll sometimes conform and later wish you'd thought to question. Stop beating yourself up! Questioning authority to think for yourself is not all or nothing; it is ...

Google previewFinancial Management (2007)

by Khan & Jain

In India, for instance, one of the conditions to which ;n securities on a a prospectus is to conform is that it should contain a stipulation that the application stock exchange. has been made, or will be made in due course for admitting the securities ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of English Inflected Words, with the Syllabication of All the Words According to a System Founded on Well-defined Principles (1877)

And the System of Syllabication as Applied to Poetry and the Scansion of Verse. Forming Part II of The Handy English Word Book by James Stormonth

conform v., ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences (2013)

by Byron Kaldis

regularly conform to a particular pattern of behavior; (b) consider this ...

Google previewThe Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (2010)

by Irving B. Weiner, W. Edward Craighead

The second reason people conform is because going along with another person tends to produce liking. This kind of approval-based conformity is known as normative influence (Deutsch & Gerard, 1955), and it serves the underlying goal of ...

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Usage statistics about conform

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Quotes about Conform

Men cannot make Scripture conform to their lifestyle; they must make their lifestyle conform to Scripture. (Edwin Louis Cole)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1F4O1R1M3

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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