I dyed my hair green to _____ the coming Halloween.

The tone in this sentence I want to express is passive like "cope".

So instead of saying I dyed my hair green because of the coming Halloween, I want a more passive tone.

I am thinking of using the word "conform" but doesn't know if it's the right fit.

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    "prepare for"? What is the reason for the change, with more info we can provide an answer. – Yeshe Oct 24 '15 at 0:11
  • Exactly. Are you dying your hair because it is conventional (conform) or for a different purpose? – Ben Oct 24 '15 at 0:16
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    You may say "I dyed my hair green in view/anticipation of Halloween". – Graffito Oct 24 '15 at 0:38
  • I agree more context is need. If the goal is pure passivity: I dyed my hair green to sleep through the coming Halloween. – Minnow Oct 24 '15 at 2:22

I would use weather, as if Halloween is a storm and you're just doing what you think you need to do to survive it.


"I dyed my hair green as a concession to the coming Halloween."

Concession denotes yielding reluctantly to a social custom of which you may not approve or couldn't care less about. Is it a passive act? Yeah, sort of. If one's "heart" isn't in the whole costume thing, but one doesn't have the energy to engage in some sort of protest against the custom, well then one compromises and dons a token Halloween disguise.

Put differently, your dyed hair is a sop you throw to all those conformists who spend hours coming up with an idea for a costume, and then spend more time (not to mention money) on making, buying, or renting the costume. Perhaps your motivation is to avoid being called a party pooper by those enthusiastic costume wearers. After all, you reason, there is no inviolable law you're breaking with this little concession.


I would go with the verb, observe:

to celebrate or solemnize (as a ceremony or festival) in a customary or accepted way

also if you want go even more passive, perhaps solemnize, present in the above defintion, is your ticket:

to observe or honor with solemnity

Both from Merriam Webster


I think the best match for the tone you describe is endure.

suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently


To conform with something is to behave according to its acceptable conventions - typically out of social pressure. Per Oxford Dictionaries...

conform: behave according to socially acceptable conventions or standards.

So if you're dying your hair because it's socially accepted or to fit in (pointed out by Drew), then conform wold work. If not... if you're doing it out of interest then use terms like celebrate (chaslyfromUK), prepare for (Yeshe), etc.

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    Another way to say it: to fit in. – Drew Oct 24 '15 at 2:20
  • @Drew that's a better way of putting it. My old way because it's socially accepted seems slightly derogatory. – Ben Oct 24 '15 at 2:46

I will go with accord and fit.

accord: to be consistent or in harmony : agree —usually used with with : a theory that accords with the known facts M-W

fit: to be suitable for or to : harmonize with M-W



Based on your criteria, I think acquiesce works.

Acquiesce is a verb that means to "accept something reluctantly but without protest". It denotes the passivity and conformance you're looking for.

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