Conform vs. Transform - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Conform

    Conformity is the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms. Norms are implicit, specific rules, shared by a group of individuals, that guide their interactions with others. This tendency to conform occurs in small groups and/or society as a whole, and may result from subtle unconscious influences, or direct and overt social pressure. Conformity can occur in the presence of others, or when an individual is alone. For example, people tend to follow social norms when eating or watching television, even when alone. People often conform from a desire for security within a group—typically a group of a similar age, culture, religion, or educational status. This is often referred to as groupthink: a pattern of thought characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformity to group values and ethics, which ignores realistic appraisal of other courses of action. Unwillingness to conform carries the risk of social rejection. Conformity is often associated with adolescence and youth culture, but strongly affects humans of all ages. Although peer pressure may manifest negatively, conformity can be regarded as either good or bad. Driving on the correct side of the road could be seen as beneficial conformity. With the right environmental influence, conforming, in early childhood years, allows one to learn and thus, adopt the appropriate behaviours necessary to interact and develop correctly within one's society. Conformity influences formation and maintenance of social norms, and helps societies function smoothly and predictably via the self-elimination of behaviors seen as contrary to unwritten rules. In this sense it can be perceived as a positive force that prevents acts that are perceptually disruptive or dangerous. As conformity is a group phenomenon, factors such as group size, unanimity, cohesion, status, prior commitment and public opinion help determine the level of conformity an individual displays.

Wiktionary

  • Conform (verb)

    }} To act in accordance with expectations; to behave in the manner of others, especially as a result of social pressure.

  • Conform (verb)

    To be in accordance with a set of specifications or regulations, or with a policy or guideline.

  • Conform (verb)

    To make similar in form or nature; to make suitable for a purpose; to adapt.

  • Transform (verb)

    To change greatly the appearance or form of.

    "The alchemists sought to transform lead into gold."

  • Transform (verb)

    To change the nature, condition or function of; to change in nature, disposition, heart, character, etc.; to convert.

  • Transform (verb)

    To subject to a transformation; to change into another form without altering the value.

  • Transform (verb)

    To subject to the action of a transformer.

  • Transform (verb)

    To subject (a cell) to transformation.

  • Transform (verb)

    To undergo a transformation; to change in appearance or character.

  • Transform (noun)

    the result of a transformation

Webster Dictionary

  • Conform (adjective)

    Of the same form; similar in import; conformable.

  • Conform

    To shape in accordance with; to make like; to bring into harmony or agreement with; - usually with to or unto.

  • Conform (verb)

    To be in accord or harmony; to comply; to be obedient; to submit; - with to or with.

  • Conform (verb)

    To comply with the usages of the Established Church; to be a conformist.

  • Transform

    To change the form of; to change in shape or appearance; to metamorphose; as, a caterpillar is ultimately transformed into a butterfly.

  • Transform

    To change into another substance; to transmute; as, the alchemists sought to transform lead into gold.

  • Transform

    To change in nature, disposition, heart, character, or the like; to convert.

  • Transform

    To change, as an algebraic expression or geometrical figure, into another from without altering its value.

  • Transform (verb)

    To be changed in form; to be metamorphosed.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Conform (verb)

    be similar, be in line with

  • Conform (verb)

    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions;

    "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"

  • Transform (verb)

    subject to a mathematical transformation

  • Transform (verb)

    change or alter in form, appearance, or nature;

    "This experience transformed her completely"

    "She transformed the clay into a beautiful sculpture"

    "transubstantiate one element into another"

  • Transform (verb)

    change in outward structure or looks;

    "He transformed into a monster"

    "The salesman metamorphosed into an ugly beetle"

  • Transform (verb)

    change from one form or medium into another;

    "Braque translated collage into oil"

  • Transform (verb)

    convert (one form of energy) to another;

    "transform energy to light"

  • Transform (verb)

    change (a bacterial cell) into a genetically distinct cell by the introduction of DNA from another cell of the same or closely related species

  • Transform (verb)

    increase or decrease (an alternating current or voltage)

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