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English definition of “form”

form

verb     /fɔːm/ US  /fɔːrm/
B2 [I or T] to begin to exist or to make something begin to exist: A crowd formed around the accident. A solution began to form in her mind. I formed the impression (= the way she behaved suggested to me) that she didn't really want to come.Creating and producingInventing, designing and innovation [T] to make something into a particular shape: She formed the clay into a small bowl. B1 [L only + noun] to make or be something: The lorries formed a barricade across the road. Together they would form the next government. This information formed the basis of the report.Comprising and consisting ofIncluding and containing [I] formal (also form up) If separate things form, they come together to make a whole: The children formed into lines. The procession formed up and moved off slowly.Collecting and amassingForming groups (of people) Grammar:Not only … but alsoWe use not only X but also Y in formal contexts:See more
(Definition of form verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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