Synonyms of form


1. form, word form, signifier, descriptor, word

usage: the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"

2. kind, sort, form, variety, category

usage: a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"

3. form, shape, pattern, structure

usage: a perceptual structure; "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"

4. shape, form, configuration, contour, conformation, spatial property, spatiality

usage: any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"

5. human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh, body, organic structure, physical structure

usage: alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

6. shape, form, attribute

usage: the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"

7. form, shape, cast, appearance, visual aspect

usage: the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features"

8. form, document, written document, papers

usage: a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form"

9. form, variant, strain, var., taxonomic group, taxonomic category, taxon

usage: (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"

10. form, writing style, literary genre, genre

usage: an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse; "the essay was in the form of a dialogue"; "he first sketches the plot in outline form"

11. form, manner, mode, style, way, fashion

usage: a particular mode in which something is manifested; "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"

12. phase, form, state of matter, state

usage: (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary; "the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system"

13. class, form, grade, course, gathering, assemblage

usage: a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy"

14. form, ability

usage: an ability to perform well; "he was at the top of his form"; "the team was off form last night"

15. mannequin, manikin, mannikin, manakin, form, dummy

usage: a life-size dummy used to display clothes

16. form, mold, mould, cast

usage: a mold for setting concrete; "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"


1. form, organize, organise, make, create

usage: create (as an entity); "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company"

2. form, constitute, make, constitute, represent, make up, comprise, be

usage: to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction"

3. form, take form, take shape, spring, become

usage: develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take shape"

4. shape, form, change, alter, modify

usage: give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"

5. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge, create from raw material, create from raw stuff

usage: make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"

6. imprint, form, influence, act upon, work

usage: establish or impress firmly in the mind; "We imprint our ideas onto our children"

7. form, change

usage: assume a form or shape; "the water formed little beads"

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