Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “form”

See all translations

form

verb
 
 
/fɔːm/
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.Causing things to happen
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.Patterns and shapes
COMBINE [T] B1 to make something by combining different parts: In English you form the present participle by adding -ing to the verb.Connecting and combiningVariety and mixturesMixing and mixtures
START [T] B2 to start an organization or business: Brown formed her own company eleven years ago.Starting, succeeding and failing in business
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.Comprising and consisting ofIncluding and containing
form an opinion/impression, etc to begin to have a particular opinion or idea about something because of the information you haveOpinions, beliefs and points of view
(Definition of form verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “form” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More