Meaning of “form” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /fɔːm/
Extra Examples
This island is formed from volcanic lava that has hardened into rock.A skin had formed on the top of the milk.A blood clot had formed in her leg.The sugars are formed by combining hydrogen with carbon dioxide.The lakes were formed from old gravel pits.
BEGIN [ I, T ]

B2 to begin to exist, or to make something begin to exist:

[ often passive ] We are learning more about how stars are formed.
The trees form new leaves once the weather improves.
SHAPE [ I, T ]

to take or to make something take a particular shape:

Hold hands and form a circle.
Form the dough into little balls.

B1 to make something by combining different parts:

In English you form the present participle by adding -ing to the verb.

B2 to start an organization or business:

Brown formed her own company eleven years ago.
BE [ T ]

to be the thing talked about or be part of it:

The Alps form a natural barrier between Italy and Switzerland.
Her diary forms the basis of the book.
form an opinion/impression, etc

to begin to have a particular opinion or idea about something because of the information you have

(Definition of “form verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)