AskDefine | Define conform

Dictionary Definition



1 be similar, be in line with [ant: deviate]
2 adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions; "We must adjust to the bad economic situation" [syn: adjust, adapt]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /kənˈfɔːm/, /k@n"fO:m/
  • (US) /kənˈfɔɹm/, /k@n"fOrm/
  • Hyphenation: con·form


  1. Act in accordance of expectations; act like others.
  2. To be in accordance with a set of specifications.


Act in accordance of expectations; act like others
To be in accordance with a set of specifications

Extensive Definition

Conformity is the act of consciously maintaining a certain degree of similarity (in clothing, manners, behaviours, etc.) to those in your general social circles, to those in authority, or to the general status quo. Usually, conformity implies a tendency to submit to others in thought and behavior other than simply clothing choice. It can also refer to:
See also: Conformism

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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