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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for formed

British Dictionary definitions for formed



the shape or configuration of something as distinct from its colour, texture, etc
the particular mode, appearance, etc, in which a thing or person manifests itselfwater in the form of ice; in the form of a bat
a type or kindimprisonment is a form of punishment
  1. a printed document, esp one with spaces in which to insert facts or answersan application form
  2. (as modifier)a form letter
physical or mental condition, esp good condition, with reference to ability to performoff form
the previous record of a horse, athlete, etc, esp with regard to fitness
British slang a criminal record
style, arrangement, or design in the arts, as opposed to content
a fixed mode of artistic expression or representation in literary, musical, or other artistic workssonata form; sonnet form
a mould, frame, etc, that gives shape to something
organized structure or order, as in an artistic work
education, mainly British a group of children who are taught together; class
manner, method, or style of doing something, esp with regard to recognized standards
behaviour or procedure, esp as governed by custom or etiquettegood form
formality or ceremony
a prescribed set or order of words, terms, etc, as in a religious ceremony or legal document
  1. the structure of anything as opposed to its constitution or content
  2. essence as opposed to matter
  3. (often capital)(in the philosophy of Plato) the ideal universal that exists independently of the particulars which fall under itSee also Form
  4. (in the philosophy of Aristotle) the constitution of matter to form a substance; by virtue of this its nature can be understood
British a bench, esp one that is long, low, and backless
the nest or hollow in which a hare lives
a group of organisms within a species that differ from similar groups by trivial differences, as of colour
  1. the phonological or orthographic shape or appearance of a linguistic element, such as a word
  2. a linguistic element considered from the point of view of its shape or sound rather than, for example, its meaning
crystallog See crystal form
taxonomy a group distinguished from other groups by a single characteristic: ranked below a variety


to give shape or form to or to take shape or form, esp a specified or particular shape
to come or bring into existencea scum formed on the surface
to make, produce, or construct or be made, produced, or constructed
to construct or develop in the mindto form an opinion
(tr) to train, develop, or mould by instruction, discipline, or example
(tr) to acquire, contract, or developto form a habit
(tr) to be an element of, serve as, or constitutethis plank will form a bridge
(tr) to draw up; organizeto form a club
Derived Formsformable, adjective

Word Origin for form

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



(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
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Word Origin and History for formed
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Idioms and Phrases with formed


In addition to the idiom beginning with form

  • form an opinion

also see:

  • run to form
  • true to form
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