form

[ fawrm ]
/ fɔrm /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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Origin of form

1175–1225; Middle English forme < Old French < Latin fōrma form, figure, model, mold, sort, Medieval Latin: seat

SYNONYMS FOR form

1 mold, cast, cut. Form, figure, outline, shape refer to an appearance that can be recognized. Form, figure, and shape are often used to mean an area defined by contour without regard to other identifying qualities, as color or material. Outline refers to the line that delimits a form, figure, or shape: the outline of a hill. Form often includes a sense of mass or volume: a solid form. Shape may refer to an outline or a form: an “S” shape; a woman's shape. Figure often refers to a form or shape determined by its outline: the figure eight. Form and shape may also be applied to abstractions: the shape or form of the future. Form is applied to physical objects, mental images, methods of procedure, etc.; it is a more inclusive term than either shape or figure : the form of a cross, of a ceremony, of a poem.
5 model, pattern, jig.
9 sort, kind, order, type.
14 ceremony, ritual, formula, formality, rule.
16 blank.
19, 20 system, mode, practice, formula.
31 model, fabricate, mold, forge, cast, outline.
32 create.
34 systematize, dispose.
39 teach, educate, train.

OTHER WORDS FROM form

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH form

form forum (see synonym study at the current entry)

Definition for form (2 of 2)

-form

a combining form meaning “having the form of”: cruciform.

Origin of -form

From the Latin suffix -fōrmis
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British Dictionary definitions for form (1 of 3)

form
/ (fɔːm) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of form

formable, adjective

Word Origin for form

C13: from Old French forme, from Latin forma shape, model

British Dictionary definitions for form (2 of 3)

Form
/ (fɔːm) /

noun

(in the philosophy of Plato) an ideal archetype existing independently of those individuals which fall under it, supposedly explaining their common properties and serving as the only objects of true knowledge as opposed to the mere opinion obtainable of matters of factAlso called: Idea

British Dictionary definitions for form (3 of 3)

-form

adj combining form

having the shape or form of or resemblingcruciform; vermiform

Word Origin for -form

from New Latin -formis, from Latin, from fōrma form
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Medical definitions for form

-form

suff.

Having the form of:plexiform.
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Idioms and Phrases with form

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