Form definition

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Having the form of.

Plexiform.

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The shape, outline, or configuration of anything; structure as apart from color, material, etc.
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To constitute or compose, especially out of separate elements.

The bones that form the skeleton.

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A kind, type, or variety.

A cat is a form of mammal.

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A way of doing something requiring skill; specif., the style or technique of an athlete, esp. when it is the standard or approved one.
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A long, wooden bench without a back, as formerly in a schoolroom.
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(archaic) Beauty.
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(gram.) Any of the different variations in which a word may appear due to changes of inflection, spelling, or pronunciation.

“am” is a form of the verb “be”

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To mold or shape by training and discipline; train; instruct.
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The definition of form is the shape of a person, animal or thing or a piece of paperwork that needs to be filled out.

An example of form is the circular shape of an apple.

An example of form is a job application.

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A grade in a British secondary school or in some American private schools.

The sixth form.

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The shape and structure of an object.

The form of a snowflake.

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The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal; figure.

In the fog we could see two forms standing on the bridge.

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A model of the human figure or part of it used for displaying clothes.
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A mold for the setting of concrete.
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The way in which a thing exists, acts, or manifests itself.

An element usually found in the form of a gas.

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(philosophy) The essential or ideal nature of something, especially as distinguished from its matter or material being.
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(botany) A subdivision of a variety usually differing in one trivial characteristic, such as flower color.
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The den or home of a hare.
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To produce (a tense, for example) by inflection.

Form the pluperfect.

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To make (a word) by derivation or composition.
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To become formed or shaped.

Add enough milk so the dough forms easily into balls.

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To come into being by taking form; arise.

Clouds will form in the afternoon.

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To assume a specified form, shape, or pattern.

The soldiers formed into a column.

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The ideal nature or essential character of a thing as distinguished from its material manifestation; specif., in Plato, an idea.
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(printing) The type, engravings, etc. locked in a frame, or chase, for printing or plating.
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The body or figure of a person or animal.
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A model of the human figure, esp. one used to display or fit clothes.
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Arrangement; esp., orderly arrangement; way in which parts of a whole are organized; pattern; style.
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A specific arrangement, esp. a conventional one.
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What is or was to be expected, based on past performances.

To react according to form.

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To give shape or form to; fashion; make, as in some particular way.
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To build (words) from bases, affixes, etc.
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To construct or make up (a phrase, sentence, etc.)
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To be formed; assume shape.
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To come into being; take form.
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To take a definite or specific form or shape.
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Having the form of; shaped like.

Dentiform.

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Having (a specified number of) forms.

Triform.

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(1) A paper form used for printing.
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A form that must be submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission when stock is sold by a company director, a company officer, or an individual or institution that owns 10 percent or more of a company’s stock. The form must be filed within 10 days of the end of the month in which the ownership change occurred. Also called Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership.
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The federal income tax form that is used to calculate the Alternative Minimum Tax, which ensures that individuals with substantial economic income pay at least a minimum amount of tax.
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A standard legal document sold or published to be used as a model, or to be prepared by filling in blanks; the outward appearance of something, as opposed to its substance.
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The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.
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A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.
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An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.
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Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula.
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Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system.

A republican form of government.

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Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality.

A matter of mere form.

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A blank document or template to be filled in by the user.

To apply for the position, complete the application form.

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(grammar) A grouping of words which maintain grammatical context in different usages; the particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech.

Participial forms; verb forms.

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Characteristics not involving atomic components.
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(UK) A criminal record; loosely, past history (in a given area).
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(UK, education) A class or year of students (often preceded by an ordinal number to specify the year, as in sixth form).
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(archaic) A class or rank in society.
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(dated) A long bench with no back.
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(computing, programming) A window or dialogue box.
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(UK) Grade (level of pre-collegiate education).
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(biology) An infraspecific rank.
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(printing, dated) The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.
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(fine arts) The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
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(crystallography) The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
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(geometry) A quantic.
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To give shape or visible structure to (a thing or person).

When you kids form a straight line I'll hand out the lollies.

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(intransitive) To take shape.

When icicles start to form on the eaves you know the roads will be icy.

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(linguistics) To create (a word) by inflection or derivation.

By adding "-ness", you can form a noun from an adjective.

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To constitute, to compose, to make up.

Teenagers form the bulk of extreme traffic offenders.

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To mould or model by instruction or discipline.

Singing in a choir helps to form a child's sociality.

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To provide (a hare) with a form.
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The particular mode of existence a thing has or takes.

Water in the form of vapor.

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Anything used to give shape to something else; mold; specif., a temporary structure of boards or metal into which concrete is poured to set.
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A printed document with blank spaces to be filled in.

An application form.

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A grade or class in some private schools and in British secondary schools.
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Form is defined as to make or construct something.

An example of form is to build a statue out of clay.

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Method of arrangement or manner of coordinating elements in verbal or musical composition.

Presented my ideas in outline form; a treatise in the form of a dialogue.

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A particular type or example of such arrangement.

The essay is a literary form.

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Procedure as determined or governed by regulation or custom.

Gave his consent solely as a matter of form.

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Manners or conduct as governed by etiquette, decorum, or custom.

Arriving late to a wedding is considered bad form.

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A fixed order of words or procedures, as for use in a ceremony.
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A document with blanks for the insertion of details or information.

Insurance forms.

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Performance considered with regard to acknowledged criteria.

A musician at the top of her form.

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A pattern of behavior or performance.

Remained true to form and showed up late.

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Fitness, as of an athlete or animal, with regard to health or training.

A dog in excellent form.

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A racing form.
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A linguistic form.
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The external aspect of words with regard to their inflections, pronunciation, or spelling.
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(chiefly british) A long seat; a bench.
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The lair or resting place of a hare.
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To give form to; shape.

Form clay into figures.

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To make or fashion by shaping.

Form figures out of clay.

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To develop in the mind; conceive.

Her reading led her to form a different opinion.

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To arrange oneself in.

Holding out his arms, the cheerleader formed a T. The acrobats formed a pyramid.

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To organize or arrange.

The environmentalists formed their own party.

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To fashion, train, or develop by instruction, discipline, or precept.

Formed the recruits into excellent soldiers.

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To come to have; develop or acquire.

He formed the habit of walking to work.

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To enter into (a relationship).

They formed a friendship.

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A customary or conventional way of acting or behaving; ceremony; ritual; formality.
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A fixed order of words; formula.

The form of a wedding announcement.

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A particular kind, type, species, or variety.

Man is a form of animal life.

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Physical or mental condition with respect to one's performance or effectiveness.

In good form for the game.

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The lair or hiding place of a hare, etc.
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To develop (habits)
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To think of; frame in the mind; conceive.
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To come together into; organize into.

To form a club.

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To make up; act as; create out of separate elements; constitute.

Thirteen states formed the original Union.

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good (or bad) form
  • conduct in (or not in) accord with social custom
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of form - iform, newmodel

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
form
Plural:
forms

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

good (<i>or</i> bad) form

Origin of form

  • OFr -forme < L forma, form

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English forme from Latin fōrma possibly (via Etruscan) from Greek morphē

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • New Latin -fōrmis from Latin fōrma form

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English forme (“shape, figure, manner, bench, frame, seat, condition, agreement, etc.”), from Old French forme, from Latin forma (“shape, figure, image, outline, plan, mold, frame, case, etc., manner, sort, kind, etc.”)

    From Wiktionary