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verb form pronunciation in American English /fɔrm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleforming
past tenseformed
past participleformed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to make something exist or develop
    A change in temperature may make moisture form on the windows.
    A smile formed on his lips.
    A plan began to form in her mind.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something start to exist or develop
      The valley was formed by erosion.
      He has been with the club since it was first formed in 1972.
      She formed a deep attachment to the child.
      form an impression of: The interview will give you a chance to form an impression of the company.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move together to create a particular shape
    The boys and girls formed a line behind their teacher.
    A dozen or so armed guards formed a ring around the exit.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something into a particular shape
      form something into something: Roll the clay between your hands and form it into a ball.
  3. 3
    [linking verb] to be something, or to be the parts that something consists of
    Fieldwork forms an important part of the course.
    Mountains form a natural barrier that keeps invaders out.
    Land ownership formed the basis of their wealth and power.
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  4. 4
    [transitive] to influence the development of something
    Her character was largely formed by the loss of her family in the war.
  5. 5
    [transitive] linguistics to make one of the parts of a verb or other word that has several different parts
    You normally add “-ing” to form the present participle of English verbs.

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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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