Synonyms of 'form'
1 typeDictionary, sort, kindHe contracted a rare form of cancer.
There are various types of the disease.
What sort of person is he?
Donations came in from all kinds of people.
She grows 12 varieties of old-fashioned roses.
Freezing is a great way to preserve most foods.
the decimal system of metric weights and measures
the order of insects Coleoptera, better known as beetles
The navy is developing a new class of nuclear-powered submarine.
six scenes in the style of a classical Greek tragedy
a public inquiry into bank practices
new teaching methods
There are several thousand species of trees here.
What manner of place is this?
Montgomerie's style is of a different stamp.
Events of this description occurred daily.
2 shapeDictionary, formation, configurationValleys often take the form of deep canyons.
Carefully cut round the shape of the design you wish to use.
He was flying in formation with seven other jets.
The flow of water follows the configuration of the rock strata.
The British pavilion is an impressive steel and glass construction.
The cut of her clothes made her look slimmer and taller.
To keep the cost down, opt for a basic model.
You may live only where the stamp in your passport says you may.
At first sight, he is not cast in the leading man mould.
3 structureDictionary, plan, orderthe sustained narrative form of the novel
The chemical structure of this particular molecule is very unusual.
The wish to impose order upon confusion is a kind of intellectual instinct.
the internal organization of the department
an imaginative flower arrangement
Avoid complex verbal constructions.
an artist with a special feel for colour and proportion
They met to discuss the format of future negotiations.
within the framework of federal regulations
the incredible beauty and symmetry of a snowflake
4 buildDictionary, being, bodyher petite form and delicate features
the smallness of his build
The largest organ in the body is the liver.
Take pride in your health and your figure.
the shapes of the trees against the sky
belts pulled tight against their bony frames
He could see only the hazy outline of the trees.
He had worked extensively on the anatomy of living animals.
the dark silhouette of the castle ruins
He has the physique and energy of a man half his age.
He's the only person who can do the job.
5 conditionDictionary, health, shapeHe's now fighting his way back to top form.
She was in fine condition for a woman of her age.
Although he's old, he's in good health.
He was still in better shape than many young men.
Squash was thought to offer all-round fitness.
He is already getting in trim for the big day.
You seem in fine fettle.
6 documentDictionary, paper, sheetYou will be asked to fill in an application form.
7 procedureDictionary, behaviour, mannersa frequent broadcaster on correct form and dress
He did not follow the correct procedure in applying for a visa.
He was asked to explain his extraordinary behaviour.
a breach of the rules of diplomatic etiquette
The usual rule is to start as one group.
Other people judge you by your conduct.
The custom of lighting the Olympic flame goes back centuries.
It's just a social convention that men don't wear skirts.
Italian culture revolves around the ritual of eating.
a fruitful convergence with past usage and custom
He is a stickler for royal protocol.
The will was read, but it was a formality.
Keith woke early, as was his wont.
kawa (New Zealand)
tikanga (New Zealand)
8 classDictionary, year, setI was going into the sixth form at school.
9 modeDictionary, character, shapeThe rejoicing took the form of exuberant masquerades.
the capitalist mode of production
The glass bottle is the shape of a woman's torso.
He had the appearance of a college student.
the manifestation of grief
He claimed the Devil had appeared to him in the guise of a goat.
They had nursed Peter back to some semblance of health.
The pictures are based on simple geometric designs.
1 arrangeDictionary, combine, line upHe gave orders for the cadets to form into lines.
2 makeDictionary, produce, modelThe bowl was formed out of clay.
They now make cars at two plants in Europe.
The company produces circuitry for communications systems.
Sometimes she carved wood or modelled clay.
The desk was fashioned out of oak.
Developers are now proposing to build a hotel on the site.
He's creating a whole new language of painting
Like it or not, our families shape our lives.
The first three models are being manufactured at our factory in Manchester.
The boxes should be constructed from rough-sawn timber.
She was trying to assemble the bomb when it went off.
They agreed to forge closer economic ties.
We moulded a statue out of mud.
All the tools are fabricated from high-quality steel.
3 constituteDictionary, make up, composeChildren form the majority of dead and injured.
The country's ethnic minorities constitute 7 per cent of its total population.
They agreed to form a council composed of leaders of the rival factions.
Women comprise 44% of hospital medical staff.
She'll make a good actress, if she gets the training.
4 establishDictionary, start, foundYou may want to form a company to buy a joint freehold.
They established the school in 1989.
Now is probably as good a time as any to start a business.
He founded the Centre for Journalism Studies.
The police have launched an investigation into the incident.
He invented the first electric clock.
The oil companies were accused of contriving a shortage of gasoline to justify price increases.
5 take shapeDictionary, grow, developStalactites and stalagmites began to form.
6 draw upDictionary, design, deviseShe rapidly formed a plan.
We may be able to design a course to suit your particular needs.
We devised a scheme to help him.
He formulated his plan for escape.
I had been planning a trip to the West Coast.
A convention was set up to frame a constitution.
We need someone to help organize our campaign.
7 developDictionary, pick up, acquireIt is easier to form good habits than to break bad ones.
8 trainDictionary, develop, shapeAnger at injustice formed his character.
We train them in bricklaying and other building techniques.
He is schooled to spot trouble.
a programme to teach educational skills
He should have let his instinct guide him.
I'm very good at disciplining myself.
I was reared in east Texas.
He was educated at the local grammar school.
He instructs family members in nursing techniques.
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If 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.
An animal's anatomy is the structure of its body.
He had worked extensively on the anatomy of living animals.
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