Synonyms of form in English:


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1‘the general form of the landscape was well established before the glaciations’

shape, configuration, formation, conformation, structure, construction, arrangement, disposition, appearance, outward appearance, outward form, exterior
contours, lines, outline, silhouette, profile
design, format
cut, pattern, mould

2‘the human form’

body, shape, figure, silhouette, proportions, stature, build, frame, physique, anatomy
informal vital statistics, chassis, bod

3‘as a dramatist he was a perfectionist about the form of his work’

structure, arrangement, construction, framework, format, layout, design, organization, system, planning, order, orderliness, symmetry, proportion


4‘many of these diseases take the form of persistent infections’

manifestation, appearance, embodiment, incarnation, semblance, shape, guise, character, description, expression

5‘sponsorship is a form of advertising’

kind, sort, type, order, class, classification, category, variety, genre, brand, style
species, genus, family, generation, breed, strain, denomination
technical phylum

6‘put the mixture into a form’

mould, cast, shape, matrix, die, pattern

7‘Are fish knives passé? What is the correct form?’

etiquette, social practice, custom, usage, use, habit, wont, protocol, procedure, rules, convention, tradition, fashion, style, routine, ritual, pattern, regimen, policy, method, system, way, rule, formula, set formula
modus operandi
formal praxis

8‘they handed her a form to fill in’

questionnaire, document, coupon, tear-off slip, sheet of paper, paper
application, application form, entry form, report, return, record

9‘what form is your daughter in?’

class, year, school group, tutor group, set, stream, band
North American grade

10‘he has been working hard to get into top form for the Olympics’

fitness, physical fitness, condition, fettle, shape, trim, health, state of health
British informal nick

11‘he must have form—I'd swear he's been in prison’

a criminal record, a police record, previous convictions, a history of crime
informal previous

12‘people sat on forms by wooden tables’

bench, long seat, pew, settle, stall


1‘the urns were formed from unbaked clay’

make, fashion, shape, model, mould, forge, found, cast, sculpt, hew, carve
construct, build, manufacture, fabricate, assemble, put together
create, produce, concoct, devise, contrive, frame

2‘he formed a plan to write about the period’

formulate, devise, conceive, work out, think up, prepare, make ready, get ready, work up, lay, draw up, put together, produce, fashion, concoct, construct, frame, forge, hatch, develop, organize
informal dream up

3‘they plan to form a new company’

set up, devise, establish, found, launch, float, create, bring into being, put in place, organize, institute, start, begin, get going, initiate, bring about, inaugurate, lay the foundations of

abolish, dissolve

4‘a mist was forming in the valley’

materialize, come into being, come into existence, crystallize, emerge, spring up, develop
take shape, appear, loom, show up, become visible, come into view, present itself, reveal itself, show itself


5‘the horse may form bad habits which are destructive to itself’

acquire, develop, get, pick up, contract, grow into, slip into, get into

avoid, get out of

6‘his men formed themselves into an arrowhead’

arrange, draw up, line up, assemble, organize, sort, order, range, array, dispose, marshal, deploy, gather, group, place, position, rank, grade

7‘they assume that the parts of society form an integrated whole’

comprise, make, make up, constitute, compose, add up to, account for, represent

8‘the city formed a natural meeting point for traders and adventurers’

constitute, serve as, act as, function as, perform the function of, do duty for, make, embody, compose, comprise

9‘natural objects are most important in forming the mind of the child’

develop, mould, shape, train, teach, instruct, educate, school, tutor, coach, groom, drill, discipline, prime, prepare, guide, direct, inform, verse, enlighten, inculcate, indoctrinate, edify, cultivate, improve, better, uplift, elevate


    good form

    ‘it is not good form to leave visitors on their own’

    good manners, manners, polite behaviour, correct behaviour, acceptable conduct, convention, etiquette, protocol
    informal the done thing

    bad form