Synonyms of form
1 typeDictionary • He contracted a rare form of cancer.
type • There are various types of the disease.
sort • What sort of person is he?
kind • Donations came in from all kinds of people.
variety • She grows 12 varieties of old-fashioned roses.
way • Freezing is a great way to preserve most foods.
system • the decimal system of metric weights and measures
order • the order of insects Coleoptera, better known as beetles
class • The navy is developing a new class of nuclear-powered submarine.
style • six scenes in the style of a classical Greek tragedy
practice • a public inquiry into bank practices
method • new teaching methods
species • There are several thousand species of trees here.
manner • What manner of place is this?
stamp • Montgomerie's style is of a different stamp.
description • Events of this description occurred daily.
2 shapeDictionary • Valleys often take the form of deep canyons.
shape • Carefully cut round the shape of the design you wish to use.
formation • He was flying in formation with seven other jets.
configuration • The flow of water follows the configuration of the rock strata.
construction • The British pavilion is an impressive steel and glass construction.
cut • The cut of her clothes made her look slimmer and taller.
model • To keep the cost down, opt for a basic model.
stamp • You may live only where the stamp in your passport says you may.
mould • At first sight, he is not cast in the leading man mould.
3 structureDictionary • the sustained narrative form of the novel
structure • The chemical structure of this particular molecule is very unusual.
order • The wish to impose order upon confusion is a kind of intellectual instinct.
organization • the internal organization of the department
arrangement • an imaginative flower arrangement
construction • Avoid complex verbal constructions.
proportion • an artist with a special feel for colour and proportion
format • They met to discuss the format of future negotiations.
framework • within the framework of federal regulations
symmetry • the incredible beauty and symmetry of a snowflake
4 buildDictionary • her petite form and delicate features
build • the smallness of his build
body • The largest organ in the body is the liver.
figure • Take pride in your health and your figure.
shape • the shapes of the trees against the sky
frame • belts pulled tight against their bony frames
outline • He could see only the hazy outline of the trees.
anatomy • He had worked extensively on the anatomy of living animals.
silhouette • the dark silhouette of the castle ruins
physique • He has the physique and energy of a man half his age.
person • He's the only person who can do the job.
5 conditionDictionary • He's now fighting his way back to top form.
condition • She was in fine condition for a woman of her age.
health • Although he's old, he's in good health.
shape • He was still in better shape than many young men.
fitness • Squash was thought to offer all-round fitness.
trim • He is already getting in trim for the big day.
fettle • You seem in fine fettle.
6 documentDictionary • You will be asked to fill in an application form.
document • The foreign minister signed the document today.
questionnaire • Headteachers will be asked to fill in a questionnaire.
7 procedureDictionary • a frequent broadcaster on correct form and dress
procedure • He did not follow the correct procedure in applying for a visa.
behaviour • He was asked to explain his extraordinary behaviour.
etiquette • a breach of the rules of diplomatic etiquette
rule • The usual rule is to start as one group.
conduct • Other people judge you by your conduct.
custom • The custom of lighting the Olympic flame goes back centuries.
convention • It's just a social convention that men don't wear skirts.
ritual • Italian culture revolves around the ritual of eating.
usage • a fruitful convergence with past usage and custom
protocol • He is a stickler for royal protocol.
formality • The will was read, but it was a formality.
wont • Keith woke early, as was his wont.
kawa (New Zealand)
tikanga (New Zealand)
8 classDictionary British) • I was going into the sixth form at school. (education, mainly
class • Reducing the size of classes should be a priority.
set • the popular watering hole for the literary set
rank • Each rank of the peerage was respected.
grade • Staff turnover is high among junior grades.
stream • Examinations are used to choose which pupils will move into the top streams.
9 modeDictionary • The rejoicing took the form of exuberant masquerades.
mode • the capitalist mode of production
shape • The glass bottle is the shape of a woman's torso.
appearance • He had the appearance of a college student.
manifestation • the manifestation of grief
guise • He claimed the Devil had appeared to him in the guise of a goat.
semblance • They had nursed Peter back to some semblance of health.
design • The pictures are based on simple geometric designs.
1 arrangeDictionary • He gave orders for the cadets to form into lines.
arrange • He started to arrange the books in piles.
organize • He began to organize his papers.
dispose • He was preparing to dispose his effects about the room.
2 makeDictionary • The bowl was formed out of clay.
make • They now make cars at two plants in Europe.
produce • The company produces circuitry for communications systems.
model • Sometimes she carved wood or modelled clay.
fashion • The desk was fashioned out of oak.
build • Developers are now proposing to build a hotel on the site.
create • He's creating a whole new language of painting
shape • Like it or not, our families shape our lives.
manufacture • The first three models are being manufactured at our factory in Manchester.
construct • The boxes should be constructed from rough-sawn timber.
assemble • She was trying to assemble the bomb when it went off.
forge • They agreed to forge closer economic ties.
mould • We moulded a statue out of mud.
fabricate • All the tools are fabricated from high-quality steel.
3 constituteDictionary • Children form the majority of dead and injured.
constitute • The country's ethnic minorities constitute 7 per cent of its total population.
compose • They agreed to form a council composed of leaders of the rival factions.
comprise • Women comprise 44% of hospital medical staff.
make • She'll make a good actress, if she gets the training.
4 establishDictionary • You may want to form a company to buy a joint freehold.
establish • They established the school in 1989.
start • Now is probably as good a time as any to start a business.
found • He founded the Centre for Journalism Studies.
launch • The police have launched an investigation into the incident.
invent • He invented the first electric clock.
contrive • The oil companies were accused of contriving a shortage of gasoline to justify price increases.
5 take shapeDictionary • Stalactites and stalagmites began to form.
materialize • None of the anticipated difficulties materialized.
appear • A woman appeared at the far end of the street.
show up (informal)
come into being
crystallize • Now my thoughts really began to crystallize.
6 draw upDictionary • She rapidly formed a plan.
design • We may be able to design a course to suit your particular needs.
devise • We devised a scheme to help him.
formulate • He formulated his plan for escape.
plan • I had been planning a trip to the West Coast.
frame • A convention was set up to frame a constitution.
organize • We need someone to help organize our campaign.
7 developDictionary • It is easier to form good habits than to break bad ones.
develop • She developed a taste for expensive nightclubs.
acquire • I've never acquired a taste for wine.
cultivate • Try to cultivate a positive mental attitude.
contract • He contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion.
get into (informal)
8 trainDictionary • Anger at injustice formed his character.
train • We train them in bricklaying and other building techniques.
school • He is schooled to spot trouble.
teach • a programme to teach educational skills
guide • He should have let his instinct guide him.
discipline • I'm very good at disciplining myself.
rear • I was reared in east Texas.
educate • He was educated at the local grammar school.
instruct • He instructs family members in nursing techniques.
IDIOMS:▷ good form
PHRASES:▷ off form
▷ on form
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acquireIf you acquire something such as a skill or a habit, you learn it, or develop it through your daily life or experience.
• I've never acquired a taste for wine.
anatomyAn animal's anatomy is the structure of its body.
• He had worked extensively on the anatomy of living animals.
appearWhen someone or something appears, they move into a position where you can see them.
• A woman appeared at the far end of the street.
Thesaurus for form from the Collins English Thesaurus