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KJV Dictionary / C / conform

KJV Dictionary Definition: conform


CONFORM, a. L., form. Made to resemble; assuming the same form; like; resembling. Little used.

CONFORM, v.t. L., to form, or shape, form.

1. To make like, in external appearance; to reduce to a like shape, or form, with something else; with to; as, to conform any thing to a model.

2. More generally, to reduce to a likeness or correspondence in manners, opinions or moral qualities.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son. Romans 8.

Be not conformed to this world. Romans 7.

3. To make agreeable to; to square with a rule or directory.

Demand of them why they conform not themselves to the order of the church?


1. To comply with or yield to; to live or act according to; as, to conform to the fashion or to custom.

2. To comply with; to obey; as, to conform to the laws of the state.



1. Correspondent; having the same or similar external form, or shape; like; resembling; as an edifice conformable to a model or draft.

2. Having the same or similar manners, opinions or moral qualities.

The Gentiles were not made conformable to the Jews, in that which was to cease at the coming of Christ.

3. Agreeable; suitable; consistent; as, nature is conformable to herself.

4. Compliant; ready to follow directions; submissive; obsequious; peaceable; disposed to obey.

I have been to you a true and humble wife, At all time to your will conformable.

It is generally followed by to, but good writers have used with. In its etymological sense, that may be conformed, capable of being conformed, it seems not to be used.


CONFORMABLY, adv. With or in conformity; suitably; agreeably.

Let us settle, in our own minds, what rules to pursue and act conformably.



1. The manner in which a body is formed; the particular texture or structure of a body, or disposition of the parts which compose it; form; structure; often with relation to some other body, and with adaptation to some purpose or effect.

Light of different colors is reflected from bodies, according to their different conformation. Varieties of sound depend on the conformation of the organs.

2. The act of conforming; the act of producing suitableness, or conformity; with to; as the conformation of our hearts and lives to the duties of true religion.

3. In medical science, the particular make or construction of the body peculiar to an individual; as a good or bad conformation.


CONFORMED, pp. Made to resemble; reduced to a likeness of; made agreeable to; suited.


CONFORMER, n. One who conforms; one who complies with established forms or doctrines.


CONFORMING, ppr. Reducing to a likeness; adapting; complying with.



1. Likeness; correspondence with a model in form or manner; resemblance; agreement; congruity with something else; followed by to or with.

A ship is constructed in conformity to a model, or in conformity with a model.

True happiness consists in conformity of life to the divine law.

2. Consistency; agreement.

Many instances prove the conformity of the essay with the notions of Hippocrates.

3. In theology, correspondence in manners and principles; compliance with customs.

Live no in conformity with the world.

Definitions from Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828.
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