[ fawrm ]
/ fɔrm /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. forklift truck,
  2. forky,
  3. forlorn,
  4. forlorn hope,
  5. forlì,
  6. form an opinion,
  7. form class,
  8. form criticism,
  9. form drag,
  10. form factor

Origin of form

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

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.

Related forms
Can be confusedform forum (see synonym study at the current entry)


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

Origin of -form

From the Latin suffix -fōrmis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for form


/ (fɔːm) /



Derived Formsformable, adjective

Word Origin for form

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


/ (fɔːm) /


(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


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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Word Origin and History for form
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for form



Having the form of:plexiform.

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Idioms and Phrases with form


In addition to the idiom beginning with form

  • form an opinion

also see:

  • run to form
  • true to form
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