(noun, verb)


1. the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something

- the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached

Similar word(s): descriptor, signifier

Definition categories: communication, word

2. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

- sculpture is a form of art

Similar word(s): kind, sort, variety

Definition categories: thought, category

3. a perceptual structure

- the composition presents problems for students of musical form

Similar word(s): pattern, shape

Definition categories: thought, structure

4. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

Similar word(s): configuration, conformation, contour, shape

Definition categories: attribute, spatiality

5. alternative names for the body of a human being

Similar word(s): anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, frame, physique, shape, soma

Definition categories: body

6. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

Similar word(s): shape

Definition categories: general, attribute

7. the visual appearance of something or someone

Similar word(s): cast, shape

Definition categories: attribute, appearance

8. a printed document with spaces in which to write

- he filled out his tax form

Definition categories: communication, document, papers

9. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

Similar word(s): strain, variant

Definition categories: group, taxon

10. an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse

- the essay was in the form of a dialogue

- he first sketches the plot in outline form

Definition categories: communication, genre

11. a particular mode in which something is manifested

- his resentment took the form of extreme hostility

Definition categories: attribute, fashion, manner, mode, style, way

12. (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary

Similar word(s): phase

Definition categories: state

13. a body of students who are taught together

Similar word(s): class, course, grade

Definition categories: group, assemblage, gathering

14. an ability to perform well

- he was at the top of his form

- the team was off form last night

Definition categories: attribute, ability

15. a life-size dummy used to display clothes

Similar word(s): manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin

Definition categories: man–made, dummy

16. a mold for setting concrete

- they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation

Definition categories: man–made, cast, mold, mould

Sentences with form as a noun:

- a republican form of government

- a matter of mere form

- To apply for the position, complete the application form.

- participial forms;  verb forms


1. create (as an entity)

- social groups form everywhere

- They formed a company

Similar word(s): organise, organize

Definition categories: social, create, make

2. to compose or represent

- This wall forms the background of the stage setting

Similar word(s): constitute, make

Definition categories: stative, be, comprise, constitute, represent

3. develop into a distinctive entity

Similar word(s): spring

Definition categories: stative, become

4. give shape or form to

- form the young child's character

Similar word(s): shape

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

5. make something, usually for a specific function

- Form cylinders from the dough

Similar word(s): forge, mold, mould, shape, work

Definition categories: creation

6. establish or impress firmly in the mind

Similar word(s): imprint

Definition categories: social, influence, work

7. assume a form or shape

- the water formed little beads

Definition categories: change

Sentences with form as a verb:

- When you kids form a straight line I'll hand out the lollies.

- When icicles start to form on the eaves you know the roads will be icy.

- By adding "-ness", you can form a noun from an adjective.

- Teenagers form the bulk of extreme traffic offenders.

- Singing in a choir helps to form a child's sociality.