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mouldnoun

UK (US mold) uk   /məʊld/  us   /moʊld/
  • mould noun (SUBSTANCE)

[U] a ​soft, ​green or ​greygrowth that ​develops on ​oldfood or on ​objects that have been ​left for too ​long in ​warm, ​wetair: There was mould on the ​cheese.
  • mould noun (SHAPE)

[C] a ​hollowcontainer with a ​particularshape into which ​soft or ​liquidsubstances are ​poured, so that when the ​substancebecomes hard it ​takes the ​shape of the ​container: a ​cake/​jelly mould
  • mould noun (TYPE OF PERSON)

[S] If someone is from or in a ​particular mould, they have the ​characteristicstypical of a ​certaintype of ​person: He's cast in a very different mould from his ​brother. He's a ​player in the Federer mould.

mouldverb

UK (US mold) uk   /məʊld/  us   /moʊld/
[T] to make a ​softsubstance have a ​particularshape: This ​plastic is going to be moulded intoplates. The ​children moulded little ​pots out of/from (= made them by ​shaping)clay. [T] to ​try to ​change or ​influence someone: He ​kepttrying to mould me into something he ​wanted me to be. [I usually + adv/prep] to ​fit the ​body very ​closely: She was ​wearing an ​extremelytightcostume that moulded to/round the ​contours of her ​body.
(Definition of mould from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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