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  ( forms    plural & 3rd person present)   ( forming    present participle)   ( formed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A formof something is a type or kind of it.  
with supp, oft N of n  
He contracted a rare form of cancer..., Doctors are willing to take some form of industrial action..., I am against hunting in any form.     
2       n-count   When something can exist or happen in several possible ways, you can use form to refer to one particular way in which it exists or happens.  
with supp, oft N of n  
Valleys often take the form of deep canyons..., They received a benefit in the form of a tax reduction...     
3       verb   When a particular shape forms or is formed, people or things move or are arranged so that this shape is made.  
A queue forms outside Peter's study...      V  
They formed a circle and sang `Auld Lang Syne'...      V n  
The General gave orders for the cadets to form into lines.      V into n, Also V n into n  
4       n-count   The form of something is its shape.  
with supp  
...the form of the body.     
5       n-count   You can refer to something that you can see as a form if you cannot see it clearly, or if its outline is the clearest or most striking aspect of it.  
usu with supp  
She thought she'd never been so glad to see his bulky form.     
6       verb   If something is arranged or changed so that it becomes similar to a thing with a particular structure or function, you can say that it forms that thing.  
These panels folded up to form a screen some five feet tall...      V n  
7       verb   If something consists of particular things, people, or features, you can say that they form that thing.  
Cereals form the staple diet of an enormous number of people around the world.      V n  
8       verb   If you form an organization, group, or company, you start it.  
They tried to form a study group on human rights...      V n  
They formed themselves into teams.      V pron-refl into n  
9       verb   When something natural forms or is formed, it begins to exist and develop.  
The stars must have formed 10 to 15 billion years ago...      V  
Huge ice sheets were formed.      be V-ed  
10       verb   If you form a relationship, a habit, or an idea, or if it forms, it begins to exist and develop.  
This should help him form lasting relationships...      V n  
An idea formed in his mind.      V  
11       verb   If you say that something forms a person's character or personality, you mean that it has a strong influence on them and causes them to develop in a particular way.   (=mould)  
Anger at injustice formed his character.      V n  
12       n-uncount   In sport, form refers to the ability or success of a person or animal over a period of time.  
usu supp N  
His form this season has been brilliant...     
13       n-count   A form is a paper with questions on it and spaces marked where you should write the answers. Forms usually ask you to give details about yourself, for example when you are applying for a job or joining an organization.  
You will be asked to fill in a form with details of your birth and occupation., ...application forms.     
    sixth form  
15    If you say that it is bad form to behave in a particular way, you mean that it is rude and impolite.  
bad form      phrase   usu PHR after v, v-link PHR  
It was thought bad form to discuss business on social occasions.     
16    If you say that someone is in good form, you mean that they seem healthy and cheerful.  
in good form      phrase   v-link PHR  
17    If you say that someone is off form, you think they are not performing as well as they usually do.  
off form      phrase   v-link PHR   (=below par)  
18    If you say that someone is on form, you think that they are performing their usual activity very well.  
on form      phrase   v-link PHR  
Robert Redford is back on form in his new movie `Sneakers'.     
19    When something takes form, it develops or begins to be visible.  
take form      phrase   V inflects  
As plans took form in her mind, she realized the need for an accomplice..., The face of Mrs Lisbon took form in the dimness.     
20    If someone or something behaves true to form, they do what is expected and is typical of them.  
true to form      phrase   v PHR, PHR with cl  
My luck was running true to form..., True to form, she kept her guests waiting for more than 90 minutes.     

art form        ( art forms    plural  ) If you describe an activity as an art form, you mean that it is concerned with creating objects, works, or performances that are beautiful or have a serious meaning.      n-count  
...Indian dance and related art forms.     
combining form        ( combining forms    plural  ) A combining form is a word that is used, or used with a particular meaning, only when joined to another word. For example, `-legged' as in `four-legged' and `-fold' as in `fivefold' are combining forms.      n-count  
free form      , free-form  
A free form work of art or piece of music has not been created according to a standard style or convention.      adj   ADJ n jazz.     
life form        ( life forms    plural  ) A life form is any living thing such as an animal or plant.      n-count   with supp  
re-form        ( re-forms    3rd person present)   ( re-forming    present participle)   ( re-formed    past tense & past participle  ) , reform   When an organization, group, or shape re-forms, or when someone re-forms it, it is created again after a period during which it did not exist or existed in a different form.      verb  
The official trades union council voted to disband itself and re-form as a confederation...      V  
The 40-year-old singer reformed his band.      V n  
sixth form        ( sixth forms    plural  ) , sixth-form   The sixth form in a British school consists of the classes that pupils go to from 16 to 18 years of age, usually in order to study for A levels.      n-count   usu sing  
She was offered her first modelling job while she was still in the sixth-form...     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    assemble, bring about, build, concoct, construct, contrive, create, devise, establish, fabricate, fashion, forge, found, invent, make, manufacture, model, mould, produce, put together, set up, shape, stamp  
2    arrange, combine, design, dispose, draw up, frame, organize, pattern, plan, think up  
3    accumulate, appear, become visible, come into being, crystallize, grow, materialize, rise, settle, show up     (informal)   take shape  
4    acquire, contract, cultivate, develop, get into     (informal)   pick up  
5    compose, comprise, constitute, make, make up, serve as  
6    bring up, discipline, educate, instruct, rear, school, teach, train  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

form          [2]  
1    appearance, cast, configuration, construction, cut, fashion, formation, model, mould, pattern, shape, stamp, structure  
2    anatomy, being, body, build, figure, frame, outline, person, physique, shape, silhouette  
3    arrangement, character, description, design, guise, kind, manifestation, manner, method, mode, order, practice, semblance, sort, species, stamp, style, system, type, variety, way  
4    format, framework, harmony, order, orderliness, organization, plan, proportion, structure, symmetry  
5    condition, fettle, fitness, good condition, good spirits, health, shape, trim  
6    off form      below par, not in the pink     (informal)   not up to the mark, out of condition, stale, under the weather     (informal)   unfit  
7    behaviour, ceremony, conduct, convention, custom, done thing, etiquette, formality, manners, procedure, protocol, ritual, rule  
8    application, document, paper, sheet  
9    class, grade, rank  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
the process of using the knowledge or information you have in order to understand something or form an opinion, or the opinion that you form ()
I have to make deductions about the meaning of words in poem then, I could understand more.
the electronic contents generated by an electronic device or system in form of an electronic form or as a printed output (excluding the computer system files) are called e-documents
[Tech.];[Leg.] electronic contents
a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
[Med.];[Slang] "vit" is slang for "pill"
abbr. acron.
Waste to Energy; Waste-to-energy (WtE) or energy-from-waste (EfW) is the process of generating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste
management by walking/wandering around; it's a form of management based on frequent informal visits to the subordinates'work area and direct interaction with them
shorter informal form for "totally" (used mostly by teenagers)
[Slang] e.g.: You're totes right!
a substance containing a harmless form of the germs that cause a particular disease. It is given to people, usually by injection, to prevent them from getting that disease.
A small short-term loan, with very high interest rates, that the borrower promises to repay on or near the next payday. Used by wage earners who run short of cash before payday. Payday lending is an established form of lending in the US and Canada.
Also: payday advance, overnight loan.
a portmanteau of 'employer' and 'voyeurism'. signifies the act of searching for an employer or the practice of an employer when looking to fill positions. The term places an emphasis on the secretive connotation of the word 'voyeur', denoting a clandestine and thus superior form of employment search
[Tech.] Ex.: Employerism is what one must engage in, if one wishes to embark upon a more productive job hunt!
prolegomena -an introduction at the start of a book, usually used in plural form
a virtual component in cyberspace which may be in any form and may execute any function, solely or partially.
a form of workout based on the usage of high heels
also called legwork
Digital footprint is a track left by user in form of data in process of transmission of information online
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