[ fawrm ]
/ fɔrm /


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
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 self-formed

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for self-formed (1 of 2)


/ (fɔːm) /



Derived Formsformable, adjective

Word Origin for form

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

British Dictionary definitions for self-formed (2 of 2)


/ (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
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Idioms and Phrases with self-formed


In addition to the idiom beginning with form

  • form an opinion

also see:

  • run to form
  • true to form
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