form1 W1S1 [fo:m US fo:rm] n
2¦(way something is/appears)¦
9¦(criminal record)¦
10 bad form
11 form of words
12 be in good/fine/great etc form
13 take form
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: forme, from Latin forma, perhaps from Greek morphe 'form, shape']
1.) ¦(TYPE)¦
a particular type of something that exists in many different varieties
form of
a severe form of cancer
The bicycle is an environment-friendly form of transport.
the art forms of the twentieth century
the way something is or appears to be
We oppose racism in all its forms.
in the form of sth
People are bombarded with information in the form of TV advertising.
Vitamin C can be taken in capsule or tablet form .
A typical training programme takes the form of a series of workshops.
3.) ¦(SHAPE)¦
a shape
form of
the shadowy forms of the divers swimming below the boat
in the form of sth
The main staircase was in the form of a big 'S'.
The female form is a thing of beauty.
4.) ¦(DOCUMENT)¦
an official document with spaces where you write information, especially about yourself
Application forms are available from the college.
Just complete the entry form (=write the answers to the questions on a form) and return it.
fill in/out a form
(=write the answers to the questions on a form)
Fill in the form and send it back with your cheque.
the structure of a work of art or piece of writing, rather than the ideas it expresses, events it describes etc
the distinction between form and content
how well a sports person, team, musician etc is performing, or has performed recently
I have been greatly encouraged by the team's recent form.
on present/current/past etc form
On current form he's one of the top three players in the country.
in good/fine/great form
He's been in good form all this season.
He had no qualms about dropping players he thought were off form (=not performing well) .
7.) ¦(SCHOOL)¦ BrE
a class in a school
first/second/sixth etc form
examinations taken in the fourth form
8.) ¦(GRAMMAR)¦
a way of writing or saying a word that shows its number, tense etc. For example, 'was' is a past form of the verb 'to be'.
BrE informal if someone has form, they are known to the police because they have committed crimes in the past
10.) bad form
old-fashioned behaviour that is considered to be socially unacceptable
= ↑bad manners
It used to be considered bad form to talk about money.
11.) form of words
a way of expressing something official
= ↑wording
The precise form of words has been agreed by the 12 heads of government.
12.) be in good/fine/great etc form also be on good/fine/great etc form BrE
to be full of confidence and energy, so that you do something well or talk in an interesting or amusing way
Michelle was in great form at last week's conference.
13.) take form
a) to begin to exist or develop
The womb represents the very first place in which life takes form.
b) to start to become a particular shape
As the men worked, I watched the ship's hull take form.
true to form attrue1 (7)
form 2
form2 W1S1 v
2¦(be part of something)¦
3¦(start to exist)¦
7 form an opinion/impression/idea
1.) ¦(ESTABLISH)¦ [T]
to establish an organization, committee, government etc
The winning party will form the government.
CARE was formed in 1946 and helps the poor in 38 countries.
2.) ¦(BE PART OF SOMETHING)¦ [linking verb]
to be the thing, or one of the things, that is part of something else, often having a particular use
Love and trust should form the basis of a marriage.
The project forms part of a larger project investigating the history of the cinema.
The river formed a natural boundary between the two countries.
3.) ¦(START TO EXIST)¦ [I,T ]
to start to exist, or make something start to exist, especially as the result of a natural process
The rocks were formed more than 4000 million years ago.
By midnight ice was already forming on the roads.
Sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide combine to form acid rain.
4.) ¦(MAKE/PRODUCE)¦ [T]
to make something by combining two or more parts
In English the past tense of a verb is usually formed by adding 'ed'.
5.) ¦(SHAPE/LINE)¦ [I and T]
to come together in a particular shape or line, or to make something have a particular shape
= ↑make
Film-goers began to form a line outside the cinema.
Cut off the corners of the square to form a diamond.
to establish and develop a relationship with someone
She seemed incapable of forming any relationships.
On returning to Boston, she formed a close friendship with her aunt.
7.) form an opinion/impression/idea
to use available information to develop or reach an opinion or idea
She formed the opinion that one of the pupils was bullying the other.
8.) ¦(INFLUENCE)¦ [T]
to have a strong influence on how someone's character develops and the type of person they become
= ↑mould
Events in early childhood often help to form our personalities in later life.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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