Definition of form in English:

form

noun

  • 1The visible shape or configuration of something.

    ‘the form, color, and texture of the tree’
    • ‘One of the nicest seasons of the year is autumn and it reflects itself in many shapes, colours and forms.’
    • ‘A garden that is neglected does not so much cease to bear fruit, as it loses its shape and form.’
    • ‘Her home office blends contemporary and geometric shapes with organic forms.’
    • ‘The shape and form of the bungalow constantly underwent change and adaptation out of functional necessity.’
    • ‘It is the rare gardener who is not smitten by their array of brilliant colors and graceful forms.’
    • ‘They come in a wonderful variety of shapes, forms and colours.’
    • ‘The exploration of the deployment of pure geometric forms is an ongoing theme in Don Watson's work.’
    • ‘The artist has spent her career exploring abstract shapes and forms, creating paintings that reveal many different kinds of visual sensations.’
    • ‘The building is organised as a series of layers, allowing it to be read as several slender parallel forms.’
    • ‘A person's life in one sense is like a work of art, blending colors, tones, lines, and forms.’
    • ‘His latest work concentrates on geometric forms, especially from Venetian floor designs.’
    • ‘Observing the variety of colour, form and aroma of summer flowers can enhance outdoor relaxation.’
    • ‘Pot-grown orchids provide a stunning indoor display, with a great variety of colour and form.’
    • ‘The powerful roots of the oak demonstrate an earthly reflection of the power of lightning, mirroring its shape and form.’
    • ‘Both the milk teeth and the permanent teeth give the face its shape 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 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.’
    • ‘This urban contemporary collection keeps things in perspective with simple forms, clean lines and subtle shapes.’
    shape, configuration, formation, conformation, structure, construction, arrangement, disposition, appearance, outward appearance, outward form, exterior
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    1. 1.1 Arrangement of parts; shape.
      ‘the entities underlying physical form’
      • ‘He calculated the ideas and gathered them together, he gave my ideas some sort of structure and form.’
      • ‘Undoubtedly the subject will now be well lit, but you have also removed shape and form from the photograph.’
      • ‘Standing at the end of the pond, the carefully manicured view gives the semblance of natural form and perfect scale.’
      • ‘We must look at their effects on the structure and form of the city and how it is designed.’
      • ‘During the week my days had lost all form, structure and familiarity.’
      • ‘Stories appeal to people because they impose some sort of form and structure on a world that has none.’
    2. 1.2 The body or shape of a person or animal.
      ‘his eyes scanned her slender form’
      • ‘Soon enough the attackers emerged, their blurred forms now visible under the crimson light.’
      • ‘I tucked Claire in, sitting beside her sleeping form and stroking back her light hair from her beautiful face.’
      • ‘His patched clothes hung loosely about his bony form.’
      • ‘He stepped to the side so that his form blocked the door.’
      • ‘She was dressed in a long, silver dress that clung to her form.’
      • ‘Just the other night, I must have passed by the sleeping forms of at least 20 people on Park Avenue.’
      • ‘Her slender form was a crumpled heap in his arms, with bruises and blood marring her creamy white skin.’
      • ‘Several other shapeless gray forms emerged from the tents inside the camp.’
      • ‘The light drew closer and human forms were soon visible, running towards the crowd.’
      • ‘He was a lifelong bachelor and was believed to have remained celibate - but did he enjoy painting the naked female form?’
      • ‘She wore a skirt of powder blue with an ivory chiffon blouse that heightened her delicate physique and slender form.’
      • ‘She stared after him until his retreating form was no longer discernible through the trees.’
      • ‘Before him Erik saw a mass of huddled forms in the corner of the room.’
      • ‘Stepping into the doorway separating the two rooms, he studied her slim form huddled on the couch.’
      • ‘Suddenly, they noticed the form of an animal ahead, leaning down to drink.’
      • ‘He lifted her small, lifeless form into his arms.’
      • ‘What she didn't know was the fading sunlight framed her perfect form and gave her hair a fiery glow.’
      • ‘I walked up the stairs and glanced back at his darkened form in the garden.’
      • ‘He held her so that she could not move, his strong arms encircled about her slender form.’
      • ‘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.’
      body, shape, figure, silhouette, proportions, stature, build, frame, physique, anatomy
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    3. 1.3 Arrangement and style in literary or musical composition.
      ‘these videos are a triumph of form over content’
      • ‘In fact, he's made it worse by a jarring disjunction between form and content.’
      • ‘In the argument of content over form or vice-versa, here content dictates form.’
      • ‘It is hard to separate form from content, so there's no use asking authors to clean up their act.’
      • ‘We feature a crop of interesting product designs marrying form and function in experimental ways.’
      • ‘It is this contrast between form and content that gives the show its constant elan.’
      • ‘The problem is one of both form and content, of poetic method and political consciousness.’
      • ‘Haven't ballet purists reacted negatively to the combination of classical form and popular content?’
      • ‘Indeed, this tone is reinforced throughout the book by both its content and its form.’
      • ‘As a pair they present a complex tale of memory and forgetting in terms of both form and content.’
      • ‘Also the length of the film dictates the form, it is a fine balance between form and content.’
      • ‘Lacking both form and content, Soul Survivors can hardly be called a movie at all.’
      • ‘Another question ran as follows: Choose a poem in which the poet has created a perfect blend of 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.’
      • ‘That was the thing that interested me about it; it's that marriage between form and content.’
      • ‘Branagh's film thus presents us once again with a provocative conflict between form and content.’
      • ‘On the downside, a small minority of articles favour form over content to an excessive degree.’
      • ‘Still, the film is undeniably distinctive, although this is due to style as much as form.’
      • ‘This uncomfortable contradiction between form and content lies at the heart of both their work.’
      • ‘The subject is too self-conscious, the Italian still more concerned with form than feeling.’
      • ‘His smart-alec games with form and style are very witty, youthful and enormously engaging.’
      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; a manifestation.

    ‘her obsession has taken the form of compulsive exercise’
    • ‘Some of the following supplements may come in convenient powder forms - use those when possible.’
    • ‘In fact, far from more bank holidays, what we need is fewer - at least in the traditional fixed form.’
    • ‘It even published a collection of the best corrections in book form.’
    • ‘The appropriate drug in whatever form should be legal and available on prescription.’
    • ‘It is slander if it takes the form of spoken words, gestures or mimicry.’
    • ‘That pledge has since been backed by publicans in other counties who have vowed to resist the ban in its current form.’
    • ‘The licence is in draft form and will be issued to your clients shortly.’
    • ‘Virtually all the important research continues to appear in the form of papers in journals.’
    • ‘The Church was not a separate entity, but one that gave legal form and substance to the society of the time.’
    • ‘The bill will have serious implications for journalists and photographers in its current form.’
    • ‘At the time of the Revolution, many of the languages of the national minorities lacked written forms.’
    • ‘Ginger is easily obtained and comes in a variety of forms: powder, capsules, oil and tea.’
    • ‘In time it may be advantageous to hold data in processed form, but at present raw data remains too valuable.’
    • ‘The talk will take the form of an information session on how the local authority works.’
    • ‘It will be easier at this time to put abstract ideas into concrete form.’
    • ‘It will now address as a matter of urgency the form that this independent body should take.’
    • ‘The survey will be in the form of a questionnaire, asking about people's experience of the NHS in their area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Taking about 8mg of each nutrient every day in supplement form may also help tanning.’
    • ‘Draft policies then appeared in the form of reports brought before Council for formal approval.’
    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 rather than adverbial form’
      • ‘In other instances, there are related prepositional and adverbial forms.’
      • ‘All these verb forms are, in fact, largely neutral with respect to time and may be used in sentences with differing time implications.’
      • ‘Every noun has nine forms, you see, indicating its relationship to other words in the sentence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Christian names can be indicative of class and the form of the name used can be indicative of politics.’
      • ‘These different shapes spell out word forms that belong to the verb lexeme crown.’
      • ‘This formality is in part caused by the Czech language, which has two forms of the second-person personal pronoun.’
      • ‘The point is that word parts are bonding into forms according to the grammatical rules of English word formation.’
      • ‘As a flood of French verbs entered the language, they acquired noun forms by zero derivation, too.’
      • ‘To arrive at the original meaning of a surname, one has to consider the earliest recorded forms and invoke the expertise of a philologist.’
      • ‘For example, instant messaging often relies on acronyms and shortened forms of words.’
      • ‘Using polite forms and neutral pronouns with peers is considered effeminate.’
      • ‘Some examples of words ending in -ful that have no forms in -less are awful, bashful and deceitful.’
      • ‘To get facility with Italian as a third language, you would need only to grasp minor changes in word forms and syntax.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘English does not require the use of gender-differentiated forms of the definite article and other similar words.’
      • ‘Either way, it is strange, and so is modified into something that sounds like a current English form.’
      • ‘She did this by presenting the children with nonsense words and setting up situations which would elicit derived forms of the words.’
      • ‘The female form of the word was wicce, from which we get our witch, though at one time men could be witches, too.’
    2. 2.2 The structure of a word, phrase, sentence, or discourse.
      ‘every distinction in meaning is associated with a distinction in form’
      • ‘The meaning of individual words is linked to the overall grammatical form of the sentence.’
      • ‘One also needs to pay attention to the syntactic form of the sentences.’
      • ‘Sentences of this form are called conditionals, and will concern us a good deal in the next chapter.’
    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.
      • ‘Species are not regarded as permanent abstract forms, but as the result of chance combinations of atoms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3A type or variety of something.

    ‘sponsorship is a form of advertising’
    • ‘Early forms of male pattern balding do well with treatment.’
    • ‘The two most effective forms of mass direct action are riots and strikes.’
    • ‘Three in 10 employees will experience some form of mental health problem in any one year.’
    • ‘"They say that imitation is a form of flattery, " Shane said.’
    • ‘It is committed to peaceful campaigns against all forms of animal abuse and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle.’
    • ‘Their mandate is the defence of women's rights in Quebec, with a focus on the prevention of violence and all forms of discrimination.’
    • ‘The two peoples spoke a different language and practiced different forms of religious worship.’
    • ‘Melanoma is a more serious form of skin cancer.’
    • ‘Faculty evaluation of students takes two basic forms: course grades and letters of recommendation.’
    • ‘The Commonwealth suspends or expels nations which have military coups and non-democratic forms of government.’
    • ‘The army has a zero tolerance policy towards any form of bullying or harassment.’
    • ‘You almost have to use traditional forms of advertising, like TV and radio, which can get very expensive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When winter came, grass, then as now the cheapest form of animal feed, did not grow.’
    • ‘Preventing HPV is difficult, since no form of barrier contraception is completely protective.’
    • ‘I had a passport a good year before I did any travelling simply because it's a convenient form of ID.’
    • ‘If a pure form of proportional representation had been used in 2001 we would have had a hung parliament.’
    • ‘The geological period known as the Cambrian is marked by the rather sudden appearance of all the basic forms of animals now in existence.’
    • ‘Correcting any form of social misbehaviour is not something that can be done quickly.’
    • ‘We should not tolerate any form of discrimination or racism in our country.’
    kind, sort, type, order, class, classification, category, variety, genre, brand, style
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    1. 3.1 An artistic or literary genre.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Valuation is integral to novel theory's understanding of literary forms.’
      • ‘What has changed is an interest in choosing works to represent a range of cultural experiences as well as a range of literary forms.’
      • ‘Pamuk experiments endlessly with the form of the novel.’
      • ‘Such urgency, that insistence, might color everything in poetry, this most personal of all literary forms.’
      • ‘Prolific and hard-working, de Pisan wrote in most of the contemporary forms and genres.’
      • ‘Before the First World War, the short story was detective fiction's predominant literary form.’
      • ‘Film-making is best learned on the job, like many other artistic or literary forms.’
      • ‘Like so many of Jordan's films, it is both a reflection on the genre form and an allegory of contemporary global politics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the early eighteenth century, Ludvig Holberg wrote in a variety of forms, including satire and comedy.’
      • ‘She didn't want to write another novel immediately, so the short story is the perfect form.’
      • ‘It also requires that production draws on the full range of available forms and genres.’
      • ‘Not just drama, the story also inspires poetry, memoirs, reportage and other literary forms.’
      • ‘Orwell adapts the literary forms of the allegory and beast fable for his own purposes.’
      • ‘Modern Karakalpak writers have adopted Western literary forms such as novels, short stories, and plays.’
      • ‘Not only was the language being re-shaped, but so were the generic forms of English literature.’
      • ‘Composed at speed and in anger, the poem uses the popular ballad form with immense power and sometimes surreal effect.’
      • ‘Weaving is a highly developed traditional art form.’
      • ‘Both have consistently focused on a variety of music forms, from purely electronic to experimental jazz to experimental full stop.’
      • ‘The satirist may use different forms of literature in prose or verse.’
    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 color variant.
      Compare with subspecies and variety
      • ‘Indeed, like most flowering plants, both forms were hermaphrodites.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 4The customary or correct method or procedure; what is usually done.

    ‘an excessive concern for legal form and precedent’
    • ‘For form's sake, she apologised and said she'd replace it.’
    • ‘Beneath these arguments about legal form lie the wider issues of self-determination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is not correct form in polite company, but then, I generally avoid polite company.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
    good manners, manners, polite behaviour, correct behaviour, acceptable conduct, convention, etiquette, protocol
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    1. 4.1 A formality or item of mere ceremony.
      ‘the outward forms of religion’
      • ‘It is true that this general election does still adhere to some of the old forms and conventions of British democracy.’
      • ‘One method through which this was achieved was by re-positioning the religious ritual forms as archaic survivals of a Hindu past.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Divine activities do not seem to be limited only to forms which have undergone ritual consecration.’
      official procedure, rule, regulation, convention, ritual, custom, matter of form, formal gesture
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    2. 4.2 A set order of words; a formula.
      • ‘It is contended, rightly, that no particular form of words is required so long as the intention is clear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 5A mold, frame, or block in or on which something is shaped.

    • ‘You fill the forms with stone and concrete, then ‘slip’ the forms up for the next level.’
    1. 5.1 A temporary structure for holding fresh concrete in shape while it sets.
      • ‘After the spread footing pour has set, a concrete pier form is placed on top of the footing.’
      • ‘Passive form oils usually do not leave a dusty layer on the form or the concrete.’
  • 6A printed document with blank spaces for information to be inserted.

    ‘an application form’
    • ‘You can print off application forms through the official website.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As soon as the EU Commission approves the scheme the necessary application forms will be made available to farmers.’
    • ‘You will have to fill out an application form and there will be questions about your medical history and your lifestyle.’
    • ‘I'm just filling in an Occupational Health form for work, which requires details of one's GP.’
    • ‘I get my accountant to fill out my self-assessment tax form, as it is pretty time-consuming to do it myself.’
    • ‘To enter the competition, fill out the application form on this page.’
    • ‘It may well be that some taxpayers are being discouraged from filling in forms simply because these forms verge on the incomprehensible.’
    • ‘If only he had read the fine print on the medical release form at the hospital.’
    • ‘Employees can nominate their colleagues in any category and nomination forms can be obtained from the local human resource offices.’
    • ‘It's becoming a card that strikes more fear into chefs' hearts than a self-assessment tax form.’
    • ‘At the desk Cassie and Sally filled out various forms.’
    • ‘Under the changes there is now a new procedure and application form.’
    • ‘Simply complete the entry form available in the library.’
    • ‘The leaflet and claim form will also be available on the agency's website.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ofsted is also promising to take self-assessment forms completed by head teachers into account more than at present.’
    • ‘It will just mean one more legal form that has to be signed before a recording can happen.’
    questionnaire, document, coupon, tear-off slip, sheet of paper, paper
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  • 7British 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 took her straight back to see her form tutor and they promised to do something about it.’
    • ‘Laura came home very distressed because she thought her form teacher would tell her off for being late.’
    class, year, school group, tutor group, set, stream, band
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  • 8The state of an athlete or sports team with regard to their current standard of performance.

    ‘illness has affected his form’
    ‘they've been in good form this season’
    • ‘Smith's own form with the bat is another major concern for South Africa.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aberdeen are one of the Scottish Premier League's form teams and have yet to concede a goal in five games.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The second day was tense as they struggled to find the previous days' form.’
    • ‘The England cricket team's improved form will, I hope, reignite interest in the game in our inner cities.’
    • ‘On current form, he may be the best striker in the first division, but he doesn't expect to start.’
    • ‘Their first league victory of the season will surely not be far away with David Bentley in his current form.’
    • ‘He said many players had discovered their form and this was having a positive influence on the team.’
    • ‘Following a bad start, the Greens have become one of national league two's form teams over the last two months.’
    • ‘On current form, he certainly stands a better chance than his team-mate.’
    • ‘Jebb was 24 seconds behind Bailey who on current form is favourite to win the title.’
    • ‘I am lucky enough to be part of a team whose form has been magnificent, with mesmerising displays.’
    • ‘Fingers are crossed that both can keep up their brilliant form from the recent national games.’
    • ‘The United manager hopes that a victory against Boavista would also ignite his team's Premiership form.’
    • ‘If he maintains his current level of form then he will be challenging for the Jockeys Title.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Italo Stars have hit a rich vein of form and will be bubbling with confidence for Saturday's home clash.’
    • ‘He has shown consistent form with both bat and ball so far this season but still needs a big score under his belt.’
    fitness, physical fitness, condition, fettle, shape, trim, health, state of health
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    1. 8.1 Details of previous performances by a racehorse or greyhound.
      ‘an interested bystander studying the form’
      • ‘As ladies in elaborate hats paraded and gentlemen in top hat and tails studied form, the royals rode in the traditional Ascot carriage procession.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Forget studying form, this mother-of-two's method is to choose names that mean something to her.’
      • ‘The three-year-old showed consistent form last season and ended his first campaign with a brace of victories.’
      • ‘With, of course, no previous form to go on, the weight of money tends to offer significant clues to the outcome.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 9British A long bench without a back.

    • ‘The original seats were old wooden forms which could be pushed back against the wall.’
    • ‘The shelter inside was totally dark and one had to grope to find a place to sit on the backless wooden forms.’
    • ‘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!’
    bench, long seat, pew, settle, stall
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  • 10US Printing

    variant spelling of forme
  • 11British 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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Phrases

  • in form

    • (of an athlete or sports team) playing or performing well.

      • ‘He is very fast and skillful, and when on form he is the best player in the team.’
      • ‘Teddy Sheringham is on form, and is playing well with Solskjaer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There can be no doubt that Andy Johnson is a man in form, but is he really international quality?’
      • ‘Benitez is a canny coach, and he may just coax some good performances out of Liverpool, provided their strikers remain fit and on form.’
      • ‘Fourth-placed All Blacks need a win to keep in the promotion hunt but come up against a team 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.’
      • ‘Man of the match was George Guest who was on form in midfield.’
      • ‘Gough said all of England's players needed to be in form by the start of the Test series in July.’
  • off (or out of) form

    • (of an athlete or sports team) not playing or performing well.

      • ‘IT is unfortunate that our captain is woefully out of form.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most of the batsmen have been out of form on this tour, but we have to find some ways to score runs.’
      • ‘We've obviously been out of form the last five weeks so it's a pretty big game.’
      • ‘With Bergkamp on the wane and Kanu off form, a new striker is also high on the manager's priorities.’
      • ‘Equally out of form Aston Villa travel to cup specialists Sheffield United for what is sure to be a high tempo, passionate affair.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both clubs have tons of good players but it only takes a couple to be off form and this could be decisive.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

form

/fôrm//fɔrm/