Verb form Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


form (third-person singular simple present forms, present participle forming, simple past and past participle formed)

  1. (transitive) To give shape or visible structure to (a thing or person).
  2. (intransitive) To take shape.
  3. (transitive, linguistics) To create (a word) by inflection or derivation.
  4. (transitive) To constitute, to compose, to make up.
  5. To mould or model by instruction or discipline.
  6. To provide (a hare) with a form.
  7. (electrical, historical, transitive) To treat (plates) to prepare them for introduction into a storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but later the plates or grids were coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current.
  8. (generally of a music group or band) To put together or bring into being; assemble.

More definition:

1.external appearance of a clearly defined area, as distinguished from color or material; configuration, a triangular form.

2.the shape of a thing or person.

3.a body, especially that of a human being.

4.a dummy having the same measurements as a human body, used for fitting or displaying clothing, a dressmaker's form.

5.something that gives or determines shape; a mold.

6.a particular condition, character, or mode in which something appears, water in the form of ice.

7.the manner or style of arranging and coordinating parts for a pleasing or effective result, as in literary or musical composition, a unique form for the novel.

8.Fine Arts. the organization, placement, or relationship of basic elements, as lines and colors in a painting or volumes and voids in a sculpture, so as to produce a coherent image; the formal structure of a work of art. three-dimensional quality or volume, as of a represented object or anatomical part. an object, person, or part of the human body or the appearance of any of these, especially as seen in nature, His work is characterized by the radical distortion of the human form.

9.any assemblage of things of a similar kind constituting a component of a group, especially of a zoological group.

10.Crystallography. the combination of all the like faces possible on a crystal of given symmetry. 1
1.due or proper shape; orderly arrangement of parts; good order. 1

2.Philosophy. the structure, pattern, organization, or essential nature of anything. structure or pattern as distinguished from matter. (initial capital letter) Platonism. idea (def 7c). Aristotelianism. that which places a thing in its particular species or kind. 1

3.Logic. the abstract relations of terms in a proposition, and of propositions to one another. 1

4.a set, prescribed, or customary order or method of doing something. 1

5.a set order of words, as for use in religious ritual or in a legal document, a form for initiating new members.1

6.a document with blank spaces to be filled in with particulars before it is executed, a tax form.1

7.a typical document to be used as a guide in framing others for like cases, a form for a deed.1

8.a conventional method of procedure or behavior, society's forms.1

9.a formality or ceremony, often with implication of absence of real meaning, to go through the outward forms of a religious wedding.

20.procedure according to a set order or method. 2
1.conformity to the usages of society; formality; ceremony, the elaborate forms prevalent in the courts of renaissance kings.2

2.procedure or conduct, as judged by social standards, Such behavior is very bad form. Good form demands that we go.2

3.manner or method of performing something; technique, The violin soloist displayed tremendous form.2

4.physical condition or fitness, as for performing, a tennis player in peak form.2

5.Grammar. a word, part of a word, or group of words forming a construction that recurs in various contexts in a language with relatively constant meaning.Compare linguistic form. a particular shape of such a form that occurs in more than one shape. In I'm, 'm is a form of am. a word with a particular inflectional ending or other modification. Goes is a form of go. 2

6.Linguistics. the shape or pattern of a word or other construction (distinguished from substance). 2

7.Building Trades. temporary boarding or sheeting of plywood or metal for giving a desired shape to poured concrete, rammed earth, etc. 2

8.a grade or class of pupils in a British secondary school or in certain U.S. private schools, boys in the fourth form.2

9.British. a bench or long seat. 30.Also, British, forme. Printing. an assemblage of types, leads, etc., secured in a chase to print from.
3 construct or frame. 3 make or produce. 3 serve to make up; serve as; compose; constitute, The remaining members will form the program committee.3 place in order; arrange; organize. 3 frame (ideas, opinions, etc.) in the mind. 3 contract or develop (habits, friendships, etc.). 3 give form or shape to; shape; fashion. 3 give a particular form or shape to; fashion in a particular manner, Form the dough into squares.3 mold or develop by discipline or instructions, The sergeant's job was to form boys into men.40.Grammar. to make (a derivation) by some grammatical change, The suffix “-ly” forms adverbs from have (a grammatical feature) represented in a particular shape, English forms plurals in “-s”. 4
1.Military. to draw up in lines or in formation.
4 take or assume form. 4 be formed or produced, Ice began to form on the window.4 take a particular form or arrangement, The ice formed in patches across the window.

1.a combining form meaning “having the form of”, cruciform.

1. the shape or configuration of something as distinct from its colour, texture, etc

2. the particular mode, appearance, etc, in which a thing or person manifests itself, water in the form of ice, in the form of a bat

3. a type or kind, imprisonment is a form of punishment

4.a printed document, esp one with spaces in which to insert facts or answers, an application form (as modifier), a form letter

5. physical or mental condition, esp good condition, with reference to ability to perform, off form

6. the previous record of a horse, athlete, etc, esp with regard to fitness

7. (Brit, slang) a criminal record

8. style, arrangement, or design in the arts, as opposed to content

9. a fixed mode of artistic expression or representation in literary, musical, or other artistic works, sonata form, sonnet form

10. a mould, frame, etc, that gives shape to something1
1. organized structure or order, as in an artistic work1

2. (education, mainly Brit) a group of children who are taught together; class1

3. manner, method, or style of doing something, esp with regard to recognized standards1

4. behaviour or procedure, esp as governed by custom or etiquette, good form1

5. formality or ceremony1

6. a prescribed set or order of words, terms, etc, as in a religious ceremony or legal document1

7. (philosophy) the structure of anything as opposed to its constitution or content essence as opposed to matter (often capital) (in the philosophy of Plato) the ideal universal that exists independently of the particulars which fall under it See also Form (in the philosophy of Aristotle) the constitution of matter to form a substance; by virtue of this its nature can be understood 1

8. See logical form1

9. (Brit) a bench, esp one that is long, low, and backless

20. the nest or hollow in which a hare lives2
1. a group of organisms within a species that differ from similar groups by trivial differences, as of colour2

2. (linguistics) the phonological or orthographic shape or appearance of a linguistic element, such as a word a linguistic element considered from the point of view of its shape or sound rather than, for example, its meaning 2

3. (crystallog) See crystal form2

4. (taxonomy) a group distinguished from other groups by a single characteristic, ranked below a variety verb 2

5. to give shape or form to or to take shape or form, esp a specified or particular shape2

6. to come or bring into existence, a scum formed on the surface2

7. to make, produce, or construct or be made, produced, or constructed2

8. to construct or develop in the mind, to form an opinion2

9. (transitive) to train, develop, or mould by instruction, discipline, or example30. (transitive) to acquire, contract, or develop, to form a habit3
1. (transitive) to be an element of, serve as, or constitute, this plank will form a bridge3

2. (transitive) to draw up; organize, to form a club Derived Formsformable, adjective Word OriginC13, from Old French forme, from Latin forma shape, model Form /fɔːm/ noun
1. (in the philosophy of Plato) an ideal archetype existing independently of those individuals which fall under it, supposedly explaining their common properties and serving as the only objects of true knowledge as opposed to the mere opinion obtainable of matters of fact Also called Idea -form combining form
1. having the shape or form of or resembling, cruciform, vermiform Word Originfrom New Latin -formis, from Latin, from fōrmaformCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 13c., from Old French forme "physical form, appearance, pleasing looks; shape, image," from Latin forma "form, contour, figure, shape; appearance, looks' model, pattern, design; sort, kind condition," origin unknown. One theory holds that it is from Greek morphe "form, beauty, outward appearance" (see Morpheus) via Etruscan [Klein]. Sense of "behavior" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "a document with blanks to be filled in" is from 185

c.1300, from Old French fourmer, from Latin formare, from forma "form, contour, figure, shape" (see form (n.)). Related, Formed; forming.
In addition to the idiom beginning with form also see, run to form true to form The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


Allen stared at her form a minute.

Brandon stood, his tall form unfolding like an accordion until he towered over her again.

She pulled the buffalo robe over her shoulders and stared at his form in the moonlight.

The worst of it was when I got that adoption form in the mail today.

What do you want form me; to stop writing about it?

The sight of her shapely form in his bed made his blood burn for a different reason.

She hadn't expected it to form so fast or so strong.

Sofia saw the tears form in her gaze.

I simply took on a form that you would not find threatening, Zamon answered.

It came in the form of a drone who told him in her second language that information of that kind was not available.

She stopped in front of a small mural depicting a triangle with a form at each of the points.

The third time that he thrust out the weapon there was a loud roar and a fall, and suddenly at his feet appeared the form of a great red bear, which was nearly as big as the horse and much stronger and fiercer.

This is a highly accessible form of distributed news reporting, and causes all those people to be more personally vested in the information and outcome.

The sun knows that you like to see the world covered with beautiful white snow and so he kept back all his brightness, and let the little crystals form in the sky.

The philosopher is in advance of his age even in the outward form of his life.

His servant handed him a half-cut novel, in the form of letters, by Madame de Souza.

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