form1 [ fɔrm ] noun ***
▸ 1 type of something
▸ 2 way something appears/exists
▸ 3 shape of someone/something
▸ 4 level of ability
▸ 5 official document
▸ 6 about art/music etc.
▸ 7 one of parts of word
▸ 8 class at school
1. ) count a type of something:
form of: The private automobile is by far the most popular form of transportation.
He developed a rare form of cancer.
Everyone agrees that the kids must receive some form of punishment.
2. ) count or uncount the particular way in which something appears or exists:
The information is also available in electronic form.
in the form of: You can get the medicine in the form of a nasal spray or as a tablet.
Help arrived in the form of six heavily armed police officers.
take the form of: The aid might take the form of personal service or of cash.
Neglect of children can take a variety of forms.
3. ) count a shape of someone or something:
Three forms gradually emerged out of the darkness.
She stared at the lifeless form on the driveway.
4. ) count the level of someone's ability at a particular time, especially in a sport:
Williams blames a foot injury for her recent loss of form.
The band's new CD marks a welcome return to form (=to a previous high standard).
in (good etc.) form: She is hoping to be in top form in time for the Olympics.
a ) BRITISH the state of someone's mood and health at a particular time:
in good/bad etc. form: I saw Sam last night he was in great form.
b ) in rare/top etc. form behaving or performing in a way that is especially clever, skillful, amusing, etc.:
Toronto's outrageous mayor was in rare form during his speech last night.
5. ) count an official document that has spaces where you can put in information:
Use the order form to get new office supplies.
fill in/out a form: Make sure you fill in the application form completely and legibly.
6. ) uncount the structure of a piece of writing or music or a painting:
The form of the novel is complex, with numerous flashbacks.
7. ) count one part of a verb or other word that has several different parts:
nouns like child that have irregular plural forms
It's important to learn all the forms of a verb.
8. ) count BRITISH a class at school
behavior that is considered to be not polite or socially acceptable
form 2 [ fɔrm ] verb ***
▸ 1 make something exist/develop
▸ 2 move to create shape
▸ 3 be (what makes up) something
▸ 4 influence development
▸ 5 make part of word
1. ) intransitive to make something exist or develop:
A change in temperature may make moisture form on the windows.
A smile formed on his lips.
A plan began to form in her mind.
a ) transitive to make something start to exist or develop:
The valley was formed by erosion.
He has been with the club since it was first formed in 1972.
She formed a deep attachment to the child.
form an impression of: The interview will give you a chance to form an impression of the company.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to move together to create a particular shape:
The boys and girls formed a line behind their teacher.
A dozen or so armed guards formed a ring around the exit.
a ) transitive to make something into a particular shape:
form something into something: Roll the clay between your hands and form it into a ball.
3. ) linking verb to be something or to be the parts that something consists of:
Fieldwork forms an important part of the course.
Mountains form a natural barrier that keeps invaders out.
Land ownership formed the basis of their wealth and power.
4. ) transitive to influence the development of something:
Her character was largely formed by the loss of her family in the war.
5. ) transitive to make one of the parts of a verb or other word that has several different parts:
You normally add -ing to form the present participle of English verbs.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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