Definition of form in English:

form

noun

  • 1The visible shape or configuration of something:

    ‘the form, colour, and texture of the tree’
    [mass noun] ‘the flowers of this shrub are remarkable both in form and colour’
    • ‘The artist has spent her career exploring abstract shapes and forms, creating paintings that reveal many different kinds of visual sensations.’
    • ‘His latest work concentrates on geometric forms, especially from Venetian floor designs.’
    • ‘It is the rare gardener who is not smitten by their array of brilliant colors and graceful forms.’
    • ‘Pot-grown orchids provide a stunning indoor display, with a great variety of colour and form.’
    • ‘Crop circles don't just look pretty they express fundamental geometric forms.’
    • ‘In 1915 - 16 she did a series of abstract drawings and watercolours that evoked the natural world in simple forms and vivid colours.’
    • ‘The powerful roots of the oak demonstrate an earthly reflection of the power of lightning, mirroring its shape and form.’
    • ‘A person's life in one sense is like a work of art, blending colors, tones, lines, and forms.’
    • ‘They come in a wonderful variety of shapes, forms and colours.’
    • ‘The building is organised as a series of layers, allowing it to be read as several slender parallel forms.’
    • ‘The earliest item is a Viking bronze sword pommel from the late tenth century incised with diamond shapes and simplified animal forms.’
    • ‘Cement has been slapped on and ugly box-shaped structures built abutting the graceful forms of the ancient temples.’
    • ‘Both the milk teeth and the permanent teeth give the face its shape and form.’
    • ‘One of the nicest seasons of the year is autumn and it reflects itself in many shapes, colours and forms.’
    • ‘The shape and form of the bungalow constantly underwent change and adaptation out of functional necessity.’
    • ‘Her home office blends contemporary and geometric shapes with organic forms.’
    • ‘Observing the variety of colour, form and aroma of summer flowers can enhance outdoor relaxation.’
    • ‘The exploration of the deployment of pure geometric forms is an ongoing theme in Don Watson's work.’
    • ‘This urban contemporary collection keeps things in perspective with simple forms, clean lines and subtle shapes.’
    • ‘A garden that is neglected does not so much cease to bear fruit, as it loses its shape and form.’
    shape, configuration, formation, conformation, structure, construction, arrangement, disposition, appearance, outward appearance, outward form, exterior
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    1. 1.1 The body or shape of a person or animal:
      ‘his eyes scanned her slender form’
      • ‘Suddenly, they noticed the form of an animal ahead, leaning down to drink.’
      • ‘Soon enough the attackers emerged, their blurred forms now visible under the crimson light.’
      • ‘He was a lifelong bachelor and was believed to have remained celibate - but did he enjoy painting the naked female form?’
      • ‘She stared after him until his retreating form was no longer discernible through the trees.’
      • ‘She was dressed in a long, silver dress that clung to her form.’
      • ‘I tucked Claire in, sitting beside her sleeping form and stroking back her light hair from her beautiful face.’
      • ‘He held her so that she could not move, his strong arms encircled about her slender form.’
      • ‘Several other shapeless gray forms emerged from the tents inside the camp.’
      • ‘He stepped to the side so that his form blocked the door.’
      • ‘What she didn't know was the fading sunlight framed her perfect form and gave her hair a fiery glow.’
      • ‘Pulling her silk robe more tightly around her naked form, Olivia pads over to her night table to pick up a bottle of body lotion.’
      • ‘Stepping into the doorway separating the two rooms, he studied her slim form huddled on the couch.’
      • ‘Her slender form was a crumpled heap in his arms, with bruises and blood marring her creamy white skin.’
      • ‘She wore a skirt of powder blue with an ivory chiffon blouse that heightened her delicate physique and slender form.’
      • ‘I walked up the stairs and glanced back at his darkened form in the garden.’
      • ‘Just the other night, I must have passed by the sleeping forms of at least 20 people on Park Avenue.’
      • ‘The light drew closer and human forms were soon visible, running towards the crowd.’
      • ‘Before him Erik saw a mass of huddled forms in the corner of the room.’
      • ‘His patched clothes hung loosely about his bony form.’
      • ‘He lifted her small, lifeless form into his arms.’
      body, shape, figure, silhouette, proportions, stature, build, frame, physique, anatomy
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    2. 1.2[mass noun] Style, design, and arrangement in an artistic work as distinct from its content:
      ‘these videos are a triumph of form over content’
      • ‘His smart-alec games with form and style are very witty, youthful and enormously engaging.’
      • ‘Also the length of the film dictates the form, it is a fine balance between form and content.’
      • ‘The problem is one of both form and content, of poetic method and political consciousness.’
      • ‘Lacking both form and content, Soul Survivors can hardly be called a movie at all.’
      • ‘Still, the film is undeniably distinctive, although this is due to style as much as form.’
      • ‘As a pair they present a complex tale of memory and forgetting in terms of both form and content.’
      • ‘It is this contrast between form and content that gives the show its constant elan.’
      • ‘That was the thing that interested me about it; it's that marriage between form and content.’
      • ‘Another question ran as follows: Choose a poem in which the poet has created a perfect blend of form and content.’
      • ‘It is hard to separate form from content, so there's no use asking authors to clean up their act.’
      • ‘On the downside, a small minority of articles favour form over content to an excessive degree.’
      • ‘In fact, he's made it worse by a jarring disjunction between form and content.’
      • ‘Branagh's film thus presents us once again with a provocative conflict between form and content.’
      • ‘The book reflects the structure of the conference in both form and content in an attempt to capture the dynamism of the event.’
      • ‘This uncomfortable contradiction between form and content lies at the heart of both their work.’
      • ‘Haven't ballet purists reacted negatively to the combination of classical form and popular content?’
      • ‘The subject is too self-conscious, the Italian still more concerned with form than feeling.’
      • ‘Indeed, this tone is reinforced throughout the book by both its content and its form.’
      • ‘We feature a crop of interesting product designs marrying form and function in experimental ways.’
      • ‘In the argument of content over form or vice-versa, here content dictates form.’
      structure, arrangement, construction, framework, format, layout, design, organization, system, planning, order, orderliness, symmetry, proportion
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  • 2A particular way in which a thing exists or appears:

    ‘essays in book form’
    ‘energy in the form of light’
    • ‘Taking about 8mg of each nutrient every day in supplement form may also help tanning.’
    • ‘It is slander if it takes the form of spoken words, gestures or mimicry.’
    • ‘It will be easier at this time to put abstract ideas into concrete form.’
    • ‘If I understand the literature about Anthrax, it has to be in a powdered form in order to be distributed over a wide area or via aerosol.’
    • ‘The licence is in draft form and will be issued to your clients shortly.’
    • ‘In time it may be advantageous to hold data in processed form, but at present raw data remains too valuable.’
    • ‘Virtually all the important research continues to appear in the form of papers in journals.’
    • ‘The appropriate drug in whatever form should be legal and available on prescription.’
    • ‘The survey will be in the form of a questionnaire, asking about people's experience of the NHS in their area.’
    • ‘Draft policies then appeared in the form of reports brought before Council for formal approval.’
    • ‘It even published a collection of the best corrections in book form.’
    • ‘The bill will have serious implications for journalists and photographers in its current form.’
    • ‘The talk will take the form of an information session on how the local authority works.’
    • ‘The Church was not a separate entity, but one that gave legal form and substance to the society of the time.’
    • ‘Ginger is easily obtained and comes in a variety of forms: powder, capsules, oil and tea.’
    • ‘That pledge has since been backed by publicans in other counties who have vowed to resist the ban in its current form.’
    • ‘At the time of the Revolution, many of the languages of the national minorities lacked written forms.’
    • ‘In fact, far from more bank holidays, what we need is fewer - at least in the traditional fixed form.’
    • ‘It will now address as a matter of urgency the form that this independent body should take.’
    • ‘Some of the following supplements may come in convenient powder forms - use those when possible.’
    manifestation, appearance, embodiment, incarnation, semblance, shape, guise, character, description, expression
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    1. 2.1 Any of the ways in which a word may be spelled, pronounced, or inflected:
      ‘an adjectival form’
      • ‘To arrive at the original meaning of a surname, one has to consider the earliest recorded forms and invoke the expertise of a philologist.’
      • ‘In other instances, there are related prepositional and adverbial forms.’
      • ‘The point is that word parts are bonding into forms according to the grammatical rules of English word formation.’
      • ‘Granted, there is a possibility that the clitic forms had not yet evolved 200 years ago.’
      • ‘The correct Irish form of the name Ballyhaunis was then, and still is open to question.’
      • ‘To get facility with Italian as a third language, you would need only to grasp minor changes in word forms and syntax.’
      • ‘This formality is in part caused by the Czech language, which has two forms of the second-person personal pronoun.’
      • ‘All these verb forms are, in fact, largely neutral with respect to time and may be used in sentences with differing time implications.’
      • ‘In practice, dictionaries take a middle course between wholehearted descriptivism and prescriptive edicts. They advise when a form is controversial, or a word is going out of use, or is shifting its sense.’
      • ‘English does not require the use of gender-differentiated forms of the definite article and other similar words.’
      • ‘Using polite forms and neutral pronouns with peers is considered effeminate.’
      • ‘She did this by presenting the children with nonsense words and setting up situations which would elicit derived forms of the words.’
      • ‘Christian names can be indicative of class and the form of the name used can be indicative of politics.’
      • ‘Some examples of words ending in -ful that have no forms in -less are awful, bashful and deceitful.’
      • ‘These different shapes spell out word forms that belong to the verb lexeme crown.’
      • ‘For example, instant messaging often relies on acronyms and shortened forms of words.’
      • ‘Every noun has nine forms, you see, indicating its relationship to other words in the sentence.’
      • ‘As a flood of French verbs entered the language, they acquired noun forms by zero derivation, too.’
      • ‘The female form of the word was wicce, from which we get our witch, though at one time men could be witches, too.’
      • ‘Either way, it is strange, and so is modified into something that sounds like a current English form.’
    2. 2.2[mass noun] The structure of a word, phrase, sentence, or discourse:
      ‘every distinction in meaning is associated with a distinction in form’
    3. 2.3Philosophy The essential nature of a species or thing, especially (in Plato's thought) regarded as an abstract ideal which real things imitate or participate in.
      • ‘Art as vision locates the subject of art in the artist, not in an external world of real or ideal forms.’
      • ‘The most adequately objective knowledge we could have would be of the nature of these abiding forms fixed in the nature of things.’
      • ‘Whitehead sees them as ingredients in an experience and rather similar to Plato's ideal forms.’
      • ‘Epicurus rejected the existence of Platonic forms and an immaterial soul, and he said that the gods have no influence on our lives.’
      • ‘Species are not regarded as permanent abstract forms, but as the result of chance combinations of atoms.’
  • 3A type or variety of something:

    ‘sponsorship is a form of advertising’
    • ‘The Commonwealth suspends or expels nations which have military coups and non-democratic forms of government.’
    • ‘Melanoma is a more serious form of skin cancer.’
    • ‘Three in 10 employees will experience some form of mental health problem in any one year.’
    • ‘The two most effective forms of mass direct action are riots and strikes.’
    • ‘"They say that imitation is a form of flattery, " Shane said.’
    • ‘I had a passport a good year before I did any travelling simply because it's a convenient form of ID.’
    • ‘It is committed to peaceful campaigns against all forms of animal abuse and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle.’
    • ‘Early forms of male pattern balding do well with treatment.’
    • ‘Their mandate is the defence of women's rights in Quebec, with a focus on the prevention of violence and all forms of discrimination.’
    • ‘Even if rental income has dropped, housing proprietors are sitting on an asset that outperforms all other conventional forms of investment by up to five times.’
    • ‘Faculty evaluation of students takes two basic forms: course grades and letters of recommendation.’
    • ‘The army has a zero tolerance policy towards any form of bullying or harassment.’
    • ‘When winter came, grass, then as now the cheapest form of animal feed, did not grow.’
    • ‘The geological period known as the Cambrian is marked by the rather sudden appearance of all the basic forms of animals now in existence.’
    • ‘The two peoples spoke a different language and practiced different forms of religious worship.’
    • ‘We should not tolerate any form of discrimination or racism in our country.’
    • ‘If a pure form of proportional representation had been used in 2001 we would have had a hung parliament.’
    • ‘Correcting any form of social misbehaviour is not something that can be done quickly.’
    • ‘Preventing HPV is difficult, since no form of barrier contraception is completely protective.’
    • ‘You almost have to use traditional forms of advertising, like TV and radio, which can get very expensive.’
    kind, sort, type, order, class, classification, category, variety, genre, brand, style
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    1. 3.1 An artistic or literary genre:
      ‘a form is as good as the writer who chooses it’
      • ‘Such urgency, that insistence, might color everything in poetry, this most personal of all literary forms.’
      • ‘Modern Karakalpak writers have adopted Western literary forms such as novels, short stories, and plays.’
      • ‘Not just drama, the story also inspires poetry, memoirs, reportage and other literary forms.’
      • ‘Pamuk experiments endlessly with the form of the novel.’
      • ‘Orwell adapts the literary forms of the allegory and beast fable for his own purposes.’
      • ‘the middle of the 18th century there had been a revival of medieval and traditional literary forms - such as the ballad and the folk tale.’
      • ‘The satirist may use different forms of literature in prose or verse.’
      • ‘What has changed is an interest in choosing works to represent a range of cultural experiences as well as a range of literary forms.’
      • ‘Not only was the language being re-shaped, but so were the generic forms of English literature.’
      • ‘Before the First World War, the short story was detective fiction's predominant literary form.’
      • ‘Prolific and hard-working, de Pisan wrote in most of the contemporary forms and genres.’
      • ‘Film-making is best learned on the job, like many other artistic or literary forms.’
      • ‘It also requires that production draws on the full range of available forms and genres.’
      • ‘Valuation is integral to novel theory's understanding of literary forms.’
      • ‘In the early eighteenth century, Ludvig Holberg wrote in a variety of forms, including satire and comedy.’
      • ‘The other stories too reflect the vibrancy and dynamism of the short story as a form that constantly offers something new in craft, technique and theme.’
      • ‘She didn't want to write another novel immediately, so the short story is the perfect form.’
      • ‘Weaving is a highly developed traditional art form.’
      • ‘Like so many of Jordan's films, it is both a reflection on the genre form and an allegory of contemporary global politics.’
      • ‘Composed at speed and in anger, the poem uses the popular ballad form with immense power and sometimes surreal effect.’
      • ‘Both have consistently focused on a variety of music forms, from purely electronic to experimental jazz to experimental full stop.’
    2. 3.2Botany A taxonomic category that ranks below variety, which contains organisms differing from the typical kind in some trivial, frequently impermanent, character, e.g. a colour variant.
      Also called forma
      • ‘A southern taxonomic form is distributed in North America in Pacific drainages from northern Washington north to the Alaska Peninsula.’
      • ‘Seventeen species/botanical forms representing all the Old World lupins and one New World species were used in the experiment.’
      • ‘The islands are very rich floristically, with a high proportion of shrubs and other woody forms.’
      • ‘Indeed, like most flowering plants, both forms were hermaphrodites.’
      • ‘In the field these two forms looked like distinct taxa, and we wondered if earlier botanists were not correct in recognizing this material as either varietally or specifically distinct.’
  • 4[mass noun] The customary or correct method or procedure:

    ‘an excessive concern for legal form and precedent’
    • ‘There was some grudging applause at the final curtain, but I got the feeling it was more for the sake of form, rather than actual enjoyment.’
    • ‘For form's sake, she apologised and said she'd replace it.’
    • ‘Not only had he paid for his parking but had displayed the receipt sticker as instructed. He was even more shocked because he had visited the Cove often before and knew the form.’
    • ‘This is not correct form in polite company, but then, I generally avoid polite company.’
    • ‘Beneath these arguments about legal form lie the wider issues of self-determination.’
    good manners, manners, polite behaviour, correct behaviour, acceptable conduct, convention, etiquette, protocol
    the done thing
    etiquette, social practice, custom, usage, use, habit, wont, protocol, procedure, rules, convention, tradition, fashion, style, routine, ritual, pattern, regimen, policy, method, system, way, rule, formula, set formula
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    1. 4.1[count noun] A ritual or convention:
      ‘the outward forms of religion’
      • ‘Divine activities do not seem to be limited only to forms which have undergone ritual consecration.’
      • ‘Unbelievers who undergo conversion are almost always attracted to religion's more traditional forms.’
      • ‘Similarly, the most complex ritual forms can be rendered impotent and meaningless if a sufficient level of emotional investment isn't there.’
      • ‘It is true that this general election does still adhere to some of the old forms and conventions of British democracy.’
      • ‘The Act of Supremacy (1559) established the Church of England as the State religion. Those who rejected its outward forms and practices were fined, or worse.’
      • ‘Ceremonial observances, rituals, and other outward forms are its basis; and compliance with them is what it takes as essential to the religious life.’
      • ‘At least in its outward forms, this religion does not look so very different from that of the pagan Britons under Roman rule.’
      • ‘One method through which this was achieved was by re-positioning the religious ritual forms as archaic survivals of a Hindu past.’
      official procedure, rule, regulation, convention, ritual, custom, matter of form, formal gesture
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    2. 4.2[count noun] A set order of words; a formula:
      ‘a form of words’
      • ‘Although no particular form of words is necessary the waiver must be express.’
      • ‘The Rev Chris Swift, a parent himself, agonised over a form of words for a situation he hadn't faced before.’
      • ‘I suspect this form of expression is a local custom for elderly people to ward off the envy of jealous gods.’
      • ‘Provided this is done in clear terms the judge need not use any particular form of words.’
      • ‘It is contended, rightly, that no particular form of words is required so long as the intention is clear.’
  • 5A printed document with blank spaces for information to be inserted:

    [as modifier] ‘an application form’
    • ‘I get my accountant to fill out my self-assessment tax form, as it is pretty time-consuming to do it myself.’
    • ‘You will have to fill out an application form and there will be questions about your medical history and your lifestyle.’
    • ‘You can print off application forms through the official website.’
    • ‘Employees can nominate their colleagues in any category and nomination forms can be obtained from the local human resource offices.’
    • ‘Every incident requiring action from a supervisor must be documented in writing on the correct form.’
    • ‘As already stated the details on each form will be treated in the strictest confidence.’
    • ‘At the desk Cassie and Sally filled out various forms.’
    • ‘Simply complete the entry form available in the library.’
    • ‘Under the changes there is now a new procedure and application form.’
    • ‘It may well be that some taxpayers are being discouraged from filling in forms simply because these forms verge on the incomprehensible.’
    • ‘It's becoming a card that strikes more fear into chefs' hearts than a self-assessment tax form.’
    • ‘The leaflet and claim form will also be available on the agency's website.’
    • ‘Ofsted is also promising to take self-assessment forms completed by head teachers into account more than at present.’
    • ‘If only he had read the fine print on the medical release form at the hospital.’
    • ‘It will just mean one more legal form that has to be signed before a recording can happen.’
    • ‘To enter the competition, fill out the application form on this page.’
    • ‘I'm just filling in an Occupational Health form for work, which requires details of one's GP.’
    • ‘As soon as the EU Commission approves the scheme the necessary application forms will be made available to farmers.’
    • ‘All completed enrolment forms must be returned to the school by Friday, February 14.’
    • ‘It transpires that the only reason our buyers didn't hand deliver the contracts over the weekend was because one of their names was spelled incorrectly on the forms.’
    questionnaire, document, coupon, tear-off slip, sheet of paper, paper
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  • 6British A class or year in a school, usually given a specifying number:

    ‘the fifth form’
    • ‘Jayden was two years older than Hailey and Alexa, he'd dropped out of school in his fifth form year to join a band.’
    • ‘Laura came home very distressed because she thought her form teacher would tell her off for being late.’
    • ‘I took her straight back to see her form tutor and they promised to do something about it.’
    • ‘It plans to do this by reducing four of its year groups from three forms per year to two forms by merging the classes.’
    • ‘I got to school and traipsed up the stairs to my form room.’
    • ‘I was friends with some girls in my form but I also had other friends from different classes.’
    • ‘I suspect that she dropped science in the fourth form, like me.’
    • ‘I am a supply teacher and I have been for the past nine years teaching in primary schools, high schools, sixth forms and colleges.’
    class, year, school group, tutor group, set, stream, band
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  • 7[mass noun] The state of a sports player or team with regard to their current standard of play:

    ‘they are one of the best teams around on current form’
    • ‘The England cricket team's improved form will, I hope, reignite interest in the game in our inner cities.’
    • ‘This was a crucial game for Ilkley not least because of the need to show some form as the team prepares for an arduous final few weeks of the season.’
    • ‘Based on the two teams' current form, today's encounter looks set to be close fought and could go either way.’
    • ‘On current domestic form, Liverpool might not see another Champions League night like this for a very long time to come.’
    • ‘Aberdeen are one of the Scottish Premier League's form teams and have yet to concede a goal in five games.’
    • ‘On current form, he certainly stands a better chance than his team-mate.’
    • ‘Their first league victory of the season will surely not be far away with David Bentley in his current form.’
    • ‘The United manager hopes that a victory against Boavista would also ignite his team's Premiership form.’
    • ‘The second day was tense as they struggled to find the previous days' form.’
    • ‘Jebb was 24 seconds behind Bailey who on current form is favourite to win the title.’
    • ‘If he maintains his current level of form then he will be challenging for the Jockeys Title.’
    • ‘He said many players had discovered their form and this was having a positive influence on the team.’
    • ‘I am lucky enough to be part of a team whose form has been magnificent, with mesmerising displays.’
    • ‘Following a bad start, the Greens have become one of national league two's form teams over the last two months.’
    • ‘Smith's own form with the bat is another major concern for South Africa.’
    • ‘Italo Stars have hit a rich vein of form and will be bubbling with confidence for Saturday's home clash.’
    • ‘Part of the reason why he doesn't reproduce his club form for England is that his form improves as the team he plays in gets better.’
    • ‘He has shown consistent form with both bat and ball so far this season but still needs a big score under his belt.’
    • ‘Fingers are crossed that both can keep up their brilliant form from the recent national games.’
    • ‘On current form, he may be the best striker in the first division, but he doesn't expect to start.’
    fitness, physical fitness, condition, fettle, shape, trim, health, state of health
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    1. 7.1 Details of previous performances by a racehorse or greyhound:
      ‘an interested bystander studying the form’
      • ‘With, of course, no previous form to go on, the weight of money tends to offer significant clues to the outcome.’
      • ‘The three-year-old showed consistent form last season and ended his first campaign with a brace of victories.’
      • ‘As ladies in elaborate hats paraded and gentlemen in top hat and tails studied form, the royals rode in the traditional Ascot carriage procession.’
      • ‘Forget studying form, this mother-of-two's method is to choose names that mean something to her.’
      • ‘Some tipsters do have good long-term records, largely because they study form every day, but they are few and far between.’
      • ‘Rogers enjoyed a stunning success when Moon Unit took the Group 3 Greenlands Stakes, despite starting as the rank outsider at 20/1 - a surprising price to anyone who bothered to take a close look at the animal's form.’
      • ‘I know as much about their chances as anyone who has seen them run and studied the form. There is not much between them.’
      • ‘For example, when the handicapper allots a weight to a horse for the Grand National, he will look at its previous form.’
    2. 7.2 A person's mood and state of health:
      ‘she seemed to be on good form’
      • ‘Anyway they seem in good form and everyone seems to have enjoyed the holiday.’
      • ‘I've not been feeling on top form physically or, more importantly, spiritually.’
      • ‘I only spoke to Glenn three weeks ago and he was in fine form and looking forward to the future.’
      • ‘And then yesterday I retired to my sickbed, feeling decidedly under the weather, and am still not on top form today.’
      • ‘That morning Christine had been on great form but at 8pm her mood changed dramatically.’
      state of health, physical state, physical health, physical shape, condition, constitution
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    3. 7.3British informal A criminal record:
      ‘they both had form’
      • ‘In case you are tempted to believe a word of this disclaimer, remember at Mr Gonzalez has previous form.’
      • ‘I think Warne'd get the benefit of the doubt, except he's got form.’
      • ‘Facing having to pay out a hefty divorce settlement, he had the motive. He also had form, having nearly strangled Arlene to death just weeks both she disappeared.’
      • ‘Paranoid perhaps, but the government does have previous form on this matter.’
      • ‘A month later he was involved in a nightclub fight. And he has form: including spending a night in the cells after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly after a binge in Wimbledon last year.’
      a criminal record, a police record, previous convictions, a history of crime
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  • 8British A long bench without a back.

    • ‘The original seats were old wooden forms which could be pushed back against the wall.’
    • ‘It was a truck with a projector in the back that they'd back up to the hall, open a flap in the wall and the projector would poke through that. We'd sit on forms watching cowboy movies, I think cowboy movies was all they showed!’
    • ‘The shelter inside was totally dark and one had to grope to find a place to sit on the backless wooden forms.’
    bench, long seat, pew, settle, stall
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  • 9US Printing

    variant spelling of forme
  • 10British A hare's lair.

    • ‘Hares lie overnight in ‘forms’, which are a kind of above-ground nest.’
    lair, den, drey, lodge, burrow, set
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  • 11

    another term for shuttering
    • ‘The quality of this work depends not on the mix of the material itself, but rather on the formwork into which the concrete is poured. Well crafted, watertight wooden forms are essential.’
    • ‘A slab foundation is made by building wooden forms and pouring the concrete into these forms.’

Phrases

  • in (or chiefly britishon) form

    • (of a sports player or team) playing or performing well.

      • ‘Fourth-placed All Blacks need a win to keep in the promotion hunt but come up against a team in form.’
      • ‘Teddy Sheringham is on form, and is playing well with Solskjaer.’
      • ‘He is very fast and skillful, and when on form he is the best player in the team.’
      • ‘When they are on form they look great but when they're not they look very average.’
      • ‘France's Philippe Lima, with wins in Spain and his home county in the last two months, is clearly the man in form.’
      • ‘She went out in the second round of the women's doubles but hopes to be back on form for this month's Commonwealth Games.’
      • ‘There can be no doubt that Andy Johnson is a man in form, but is he really international quality?’
      • ‘Gough said all of England's players needed to be in form by the start of the Test series in July.’
      • ‘Benitez is a canny coach, and he may just coax some good performances out of Liverpool, provided their strikers remain fit and on form.’
      • ‘Man of the match was George Guest who was on form in midfield.’
  • off (or out of) form

    • (of a sports player or team) not playing or performing well.

      • ‘Both clubs have tons of good players but it only takes a couple to be off form and this could be decisive.’
      • ‘Equally out of form Aston Villa travel to cup specialists Sheffield United for what is sure to be a high tempo, passionate affair.’
      • ‘Most of the batsmen have been out of form on this tour, but we have to find some ways to score runs.’
      • ‘With Bergkamp on the wane and Kanu off form, a new striker is also high on the manager's priorities.’
      • ‘Both are deemed by the selectors to be out of form at present, but both are talented enough to make a come-back to the team.’
      • ‘Roddick looked off form in Athens and failed to convert four break points in the decisive game of the match.’
      • ‘England's pre-match selection was suspect, with Iain Balshaw chosen at full-back despite being completely out of form.’
      • ‘Brazil, clear favourites to retain the World Cup in Germany this summer, have several key players out of form and under fire from the media.’
      • ‘We've obviously been out of form the last five weeks so it's a pretty big game.’
      • ‘IT is unfortunate that our captain is woefully out of form.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French forme (noun), fo(u)rmer (verb, from Latin formare to form), both based on Latin forma a mould or form.

Pronunciation:

form

/fɔːm/