form noun (plural forms

1. basic structure: the nature, structure, or essence of a thing, considered apart from its content, colour, texture, or composition

2. manifestation: the particular way that something is or appears to be • bonuses in the form of extra days off or cash payments

3. variety of something: a type or kind of something that has various different types or kinds • Friction is a form of energy.

4. shape of something: the shape or appearance of a thing that makes it identifiable • a constellation in the form of a diamond

5. indistinct shape: a shape like a person or other living thing that cannot be clearly made out • a shadowy form in the distance

6. document: a document, usually with blank spaces for answers or information to be supplied • fill out the form

7. condition of somebody or something: the condition of an organization, team, performer, athlete, or animal, with regard to fitness, health, and ability to perform well • a violinist at the top of her form

8. SPORTS track record: the previous record of a horse, athlete, or team

9. ARTS outline structure: the structure, design, or arrangement of a work of art or piece of writing, as opposed to its content

10. ARTS mode of expression: a fixed mode of literary or musical expression • a strict adherence to sonata form

11. mould or frame: a mould, frame, or model within which or around which something can be shaped • concrete forms

12. EDUCATION school class: a class or year in a school, especially in Britain until the 1990s, when ‘forms’ were replaced by ‘years’

13. behaviour: behaviour or manners with reference to propriety • It’s considered bad form to cheat at games.

14. formula: a fixed set of words or procedures, for example in a religious ceremony or a legal document

15. CLOTHES human shape: a model of a human body or torso, used for fitting or displaying clothes

16. FURNITURE bench: a long low wooden seat or bench with no back rest

17. US PRINTING See forme

18. ZOOLOGY hare’s lair: the lair or nest in which a hare lives

19. LINGUISTICS word in relation to its root: a word considered in relation to its root or the word it is derived from

20. LINGUISTICS look or sound of word: the way a word is written or how it sounds, as opposed to its meaning

21. BIOLOGY subdivision of variety: a subdivision of a classification of organisms, usually indicating a minor difference among members, for example in colour

22. criminal record: recorded past criminal activity (slang)


verb (3rd person present singular forms, present participle forming, past formed, past participle formed)

1. intransitive and transitive verb give shape to something: to give a shape or arrangement to something, or take shape • A circle of onlookers formed around the injured man.

2. intransitive and transitive verb start to exist: to cause something to develop or exist, or begin to develop or exist, especially as part of a natural process • Crystals began to form at the bottom of the jar.

3. transitive verb make: to make or construct something, often by arranging or combining component parts • The plural is formed by adding an ‘s’.

4. transitive verb conceive of: to develop an opinion, impression, or idea in the mind • not enough information to form an opinion

5. transitive verb cause to develop: to influence somebody strongly through teaching, discipline, or example, and cause a particular personal development • an early life in the country that formed his quiet nature

6. transitive verb create: to acquire or establish and develop something intangible, such as a habit or relationship • considered forming an alliance

7. transitive verb serve as: to constitute or be a basic element or characteristic of something • a mountain range forming a natural boundary between the two countries

8. transitive verb set up: to establish something, for example a structure • form a fan club


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