form - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a type of something
    form of:

    The car is by far the most popular form of transport.

    He developed a rare form of cancer.

    Everyone agrees that the kids must receive some form of punishment.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the particular way in which something appears or exists

    The information is also available in electronic form.

    in the form of:

    You can get the medicine in the form of a nasal spray or as a tablet.

    Help arrived in the form of six heavily armed police officers.

    take the form of:

    The aid might take the form of food or medical supplies.

    Neglect of children can take a variety of forms.

  3. 3
    [countable] a shape of someone or something

    She stared at the lifeless form on the driveway.

    Three forms gradually emerged out of the darkness.

  4. 4
    [countable] an official document that has spaces where you can put in information

    Use the order form to get new office supplies.

    fill in/out a form:

    Make sure you fill in the application form completely and legibly.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] the level of someone’s ability at a particular time, especially in a sport

    She blamed a foot injury for her recent loss of form.

    The band’s new CD marks a welcome return to form (=to a previous high standard).

    in/on (good etc) form:

    She is hoping to be on top form in time for the Olympics.

    1. a.
      British the state of someone’s mood and health at a particular time
      in good/bad etc form:

      I saw Sam last night – he was in great form.

  6. 6
    [countable] British a class at school

    He was in my form at school.

    She’s now in the sixth form.

  7. 7
    [countable] linguistics one part of a verb or other word that has several different parts

    It’s important to learn all the forms of a verb.

  8. 8
    [uncountable] the structure of a piece of writing or music or a painting

    The form of the novel is complex, with numerous flashbacks.

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