Give me an example of a sentence using the verb 'conform' + direct object. I'm aware that this is usually used in a prepositional phrase however I'm wondering how it might be used without it. So give me a sentence using conform verbally without appending "to" (Datives are permissible).


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    Are you referring to a transitive usage of conform as in :*to make the same or similar*: to conform one's idea to another's?
    – user66974
    Jun 17 '15 at 5:47
  • ... which is of the form conform DO to NP. Jun 17 '15 at 8:02
  • I'm using it transitively, yes. But it seems it's difficult to avoid using it reflexively.
    – John Samps
    Jun 17 '15 at 16:03

The OED finds two basic meanings of conform -- to make in accordance with and to become in accordance with. The latter is used with the preposition "to," as in "I will conform to the dictates of the Church." The former is transitive and can be reflexive: "I will conform myself to the dictates of the Church." Another example from the entry is from Richard Steele's daily The Spectator (1711-1712): "Persons of every Party ... are fond of conforming their Tastes to yours."

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