Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “conform”


verb [I]    /kənˈfɔrm/
to behave according to a group’s usual standards and expectations, or to operate according to a rule: The contract requires that managers conform to high standards of personal conduct. Wood-burning stoves must conform to the fire code. conformity    /kənˈfɔr·mɪ·t̬i/ noun [U] He felt suffocated by the conformity of suburban life.
(Definition of conform verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of conform

Definitions of “conform” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a person or group who receives money, advantages, etc. as a result of something else

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More