From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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formform1 /fɔːm $ fɔːrm/ ●●● S1 W1 noun 1 type [countable]TYPE a particular type of something that exists in many different varietiesform of a severe form of cancer The bicycle is an environment-friendly form of transport. the art forms of the twentieth century2 way something is/appears [countable]TYPE the way something is or appears to be We oppose racism in all its the form of something People are bombarded with information in the form of TV advertising. Vitamin C can be taken in capsule or tablet form. A typical training programme takes the form of a series of workshops.3 shape [countable]SHAPE a shapeform of the shadowy forms of the divers swimming below the boatin the form of something The main staircase was in the form of a big ‘S’. The female form is a thing of beauty.4 document [countable]INFORMATION an official document with spaces where you write information, especially about yourself Application forms are available from the college. Just complete the entry form (=write the answers to the questions on a form) and return it.fill in/out a form (=write the answers to the questions on a form) Fill in the form and send it back with your cheque.5 art/literature [uncountable]A the structure of a work of art or piece of writing, rather than the ideas it expresses, events it describes etc the distinction between form and content 6 performance [uncountable]DS how well a sports person, team, musician etc is performing, or has performed recently I have been greatly encouraged by the team’s recent form.on present/current/past etc form On current form he’s one of the top three players in the good/fine/great form He’s been in good form all this season. He had no qualms about dropping players he thought were off form (=not performing well).7 school [countable] British EnglishSES a class in a schoolfirst/second/sixth etc form examinations taken in the fourth form form teacher8 grammar [countable]SLG a way of writing or saying a word that shows its number, tense etc. For example, ‘was’ is a past form of the verb ‘to be’.9 criminal record [uncountable] British English informal if someone has form, they are known to the police because they have committed crimes in the past10 bad form11 form of words12 be in good/fine/great etc form13 take form true to form at true1(7)
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formSome of the fifth- formers have started a rock band.Melanoma is a form of skin cancer.The visa requires an application form and two photos.a college application formBut like all Balkan political survivors, Milosevic has made an art form of knowing when to switch sides.Animation is one of the most labor-intensive art forms.The nurse asked her to sign the consent form.Britain has a constitutional form of government.Dark forms seemed to hide behind the trees.How, then, do we account for these very different responses to the different forms of cheating?The book discusses what the ideal female form has been for different centuries and cultures.Mrs Davies took the fifth form to the science museum.The painting consists of a series of interlocking forms.As early as 1844, Alfred Donne published a compendium of drawings made from daguerreotypes of microscopic forms.Sugar in chocolate and other forms of confectionery is one of the major causes of tooth decay.Johnson is far from his past form and may not make the Olympic team.Sleeping forms lay in groups and rows on the earth floor.Make sure you sign and date the form before you return it.Just fill in the form and take it along to your local bank.She's by far the brightest pupil in the form.Antibacterial treatments can take the form of baths, external application to affected areas, injection and oral administration via the food.I'm in the third form.However, most of the research has relied upon a narrow and traditional form of grammar teaching.The bodies which are most obviously subject to various forms of public accountability are central government departments and local authorities.Writers such as Henry James are concerned with form as well as content.Pour the cement into the wooden form.form ofI think she died of some form of cancer.Please bring two forms of identification, such as a passport or driver's license.takes the form ofThis account of that age takes the form of an experiment-a contrast between two days.In some cases it is also hard to measure scheme cost, eg where aid takes the form of tax concessions.Egocentrism takes the form of an inability to differentiate between perceptual events and mental constructions.The plant takes the form of any of three varieties known.In the modern Arab states it sometimes takes the form of intolerant outbursts and rejections of the present and our leaders.Each unit takes the form of an issue of Streetwise magazine.This usually takes the form of obsessively pursuing the minutiae of experimental phenomena and theories that leave a subsequent generation cold.The vibration takes the form of an acoustic wave travelling down the rod. female formThe further from the natural a female form, the more feminine it is.A much more acceptable female form.In 1877 he observed the adult male and female forms.It is not known for certain if the male and female form a pair bond.Here, too, we find subtle combinations of male imagery with essentially female forms.Pech-Merle also contains some of the relatively rare engravings of human female forms.But the family fortune rested on the female form.The female form is more beautiful.fill in/out a formShe sat in the Ministry of Education and filled out forms.Creating a trip is as easy as filling in a form.They even filled in forms for her.They may see that it does not have to be time consuming and it doesn't always involve filling in forms.Nobody likes filling in a form.Once on the system, it saves time and allows me to concentrate on walking the crops, not filling in forms.Jobseekers are asked to fill out forms or present resumes that detail their education, experience, and other good/fine/great formHealth Management Associates Inc., known as the Wal-Mart of hospital operators, appears to be in fine form.And it was not all deep depression yesterday, with the likes of Boots and Morgan Grenfell in fine form.Davies, now in his 80s, is in fine form.At least he is in good form again.I rode Granville Again this morning and he seems in great form.Opener Ramiz Raja started the tour in fine form, with an innings of 172 against Worcestershire.I was in good form that night. first/second/sixth etc formThe information will be gathered in 4 city centre retail and catering firms and 3 sixth form colleges in Swansea.A second form of personal thought is intuition.Augustine in the Confessions 12: 19 between the first form and unformed or prime matter.But most teachers with amorous intent are wise enough to wait until the girls are in the sixth form.Most of the detailed factual material learned in the sixth form is forgotten or superseded within a few years.Remember that big sloppy jumper you knitted me when I was in the sixth form - that maroon one?Mitosis lasted two years during the period between the pair leaving the sixth form and attending university.
formform2 ●●● S2 W1 verb 1 establishSTART something/MAKE something START [transitive] to establish an organization, committee, government etcformation The winning party will form the government. CARE was formed in 1946 and helps the poor in 38 countries.2 be part of something [linking verb]PART to be the thing, or one of the things, that is part of something else, often having a particular use Love and trust should form the basis of a marriage. The project forms part of a larger project investigating the history of the cinema. The river formed a natural boundary between the two countries.GRAMMAR: Linking verbsForm is a linking verb that links the subject of the sentence with a noun: The changes form part of a new curriculum.3 start to exist [intransitive, transitive]START something/MAKE something START to start to exist, or make something start to exist, especially as the result of a natural processformation The rocks were formed more than 4,000 million years ago. By midnight ice was already forming on the roads. Sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide combine to form acid rain.see thesaurus at make4 make/produce [transitive] to make something by combining two or more parts In English the past tense of a verb is usually formed by adding ‘ed’.5 shape/line [intransitive, transitive]ARRANGE A GROUP OF THINGS OR PEOPLE to come together in a particular shape or line, or to make something have a particular shape SYN make Film-goers began to form a line outside the cinema. Cut off the corners of the square to form a diamond. 6 relationship [transitive] to establish and develop a relationship with someone She seemed incapable of forming any relationships. On returning to Boston, she formed a close friendship with her aunt.7 form an opinion/impression/idea8 influence [transitive]MAKE to have a strong influence on how someone’s character develops and the type of person they become SYN mould, → formative Events in early childhood often help to form our personalities in later life.→ See Verb table
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formAspirin stops heart attacks by preventing blood clots from forming.Out of one of my women's courses I attended, a consciousness-raising group was formed.Our house and the barn form a big "L."And, of course, mania usually alternates with depression, to form a bipolar disorder.She cut away the corners to form a circle.Oils produced by the skin form a protective barrier against infection and disease.The ions combine with proteins to form a reddish-colored complex.The exchange is owned by its shareholders, who form a separate membership.IBM formed an alliance with Lotus, a software maker.Acquisitions have formed an important part of the strategy and will continue to do so.Imagine how, when and where this formed, and its temporal and spatial journey.A crowd was beginning to form at the scene of the accident.In English the past tense is usually formed by adding "ed."The United Nations was formed in 1945.The rocks were formed more than 4 billion years ago.Coal is formed naturally from decomposed organic matter.Events in early childhood help to form our personalities in later life.Long lines formed outside the ticket offices.Governors must decide whether this subject is to form part of the curriculum for their school.With a few clever twists, he had formed the balloon into the shape of a dog.Newton's theories form the basis of modern mathematics.These foods should only be eaten occasionally; they should not form the basis of your diet. 11.The Rio Grande forms the boundary between Texas and Mexico.Rice forms the most important part of their diet.Hydrogen and oxygen combine to form water.forms part ofIts Rocko Vario interchangeable-blade system forms part of a comprehensive range.The Chirac-Kohl coolness forms part of a growing pattern of strained personal relations among world leaders.The stone-built mill now forms part of a house.This book forms part of a Thames & Hudson series, Masters of Art.The cut to seven percent forms part of John Major's growth package designed to propel Britain out of recession.This forms part of the company's long standing commitment to reducing atmospheric emissions from its Teesside operations.The motivation was there and forms part of the picture, but it is not dominant.The adjective that forms part of the syllogism is one that has come to form a sort of collocation with the noun.
From King Business Dictionaryformform1 /fɔːmfɔːrm/ noun [countable] an official document with spaces to answer questions and add informationa Medicare Benefits formWe need to receive your application form by July 31.There was no delivery address on the order form.If you would just like to fill in a form we will process your request as quickly as possible.You must complete the entry form and return it to us. tax formformform2 verb1[transitive] to establish a company, an organization, or a committeeCoca-Cola Amatil formed a joint venture with Tirtalina Group of Indonesia.A committee was formed to look at the whole issue of bonuses for staff.North American Vehicle Imports is a newly formed company with two principal partners.2[intransitive] when a company, organization, or committee forms, it is establishedThis was something that was not considered when the United Nations first formed.3form an alliance/partnership/coalition to establish a relationship of working togetherElectronic Data Systems Corp. and Australian-based Mincom formed an alliance to jointly market computer services and software to the mining industry.forming noun [uncountable]The forming of US Steel marked a turning point in his career.→ See Verb tableOrigin form1 (1200-1300) Old French forme, from Latin forma, perhaps from Greek morphe form, shape