form

[fawrm]
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of form

1175–1225; Middle English forme < Old French < Latin fōrma form, figure, model, mold, sort, Medieval Latin: seat
Related formsform·a·ble, adjectiveform·a·bly, adverbhalf-formed, adjectivemis·form, verbmis·formed, adjectivenon·form, nounnon·form·ing, adjectiveo·ver·formed, adjectiveself-formed, adjectivesem·i·formed, adjectivesub·form, nounun·der·form, noun
Can be confusedform forum (see synonym study at the current entry)

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.

Antonyms for form

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Examples from the Web for self-formed

Historical Examples of self-formed

  • He has been without guides; and is somewhat undisciplined, and self-formed.

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    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Then did Florence speak of her early years—of her self-formed and solitary mind—of her youthful dreams and reveries.

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Another factor of Lincoln's character, likewise radical, impossible to omit, is his free and self-formed choice.

  • Other peoples are products of external causes; they have no self-formed Self, but only an acquired self due to general convention.


British Dictionary definitions for self-formed

form

noun

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
philosophy
  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
linguistics
  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

verb

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

Form

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
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Word Origin and History for self-formed

form

n.

early 13c., from Old French forme "physical form, appearance, pleasing looks; shape, image," from Latin forma "form, contour, figure, shape; appearance, looks' model, pattern, design; sort, kind condition," origin unknown. One theory holds that it is from Greek morphe "form, beauty, outward appearance" (see Morpheus) via Etruscan [Klein]. Sense of "behavior" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "a document with blanks to be filled in" is from 1855.

form

v.

c.1300, from Old French fourmer, from Latin formare, from forma "form, contour, figure, shape" (see form (n.)). Related: Formed; forming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with self-formed

form

In addition to the idiom beginning with form

  • form an opinion

also see:

  • run to form
  • true to form
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