Synonyms and Antonyms of form

  1. 1 to take on a definite form my ideas on the subject are just starting to form Synonyms crystallize (also crystalize), jell, shape (up), solidify Related Words associate, coalesce, cohere, fuse; combine, conjoin, conjugate, connect, couple, join, link (up), unify, unite Near Antonyms break down, decay, decompose, disintegrate

  2. 2 to be all the substance of this one sentence really forms the basis of your argument Synonyms compose, comprise, constitute, make upRelated Words embody, epitomize, incarnate, incorporate, integrate, materialize, personify, substantiate; complement, complete, supplement; fill (out), flesh (out)

  3. 3 to bring into being by combining, shaping, or transforming materials formed the pot out of the clay Synonyms fabricate, fashion, make, frame, manufacture, produceRelated Words assemble, build, construct, erect, make up, put up, raise, rear, set up, structure, throw up; craft, handcraft; hew; forge, mold, shape; cobble (together or up), knock out, patch (together), throw up; prefabricate; create, invent, mint, originate; establish, father, institute, organize; concoct, contrive, cook (up), design, devise, imagine, think (up); conceive, envisage, picture, visualize; refashion, remake, remanufactureNear Antonyms disassemble, dismantle, take apart; break up, dismember; abolish, annihilate, demolish, destroy, devastate, eradicate, exterminate, extinguish, flatten, pulverize, raze, ruin, shatter, smash, wreck; blow up, explode

  4. 4 to come into existence the new company formed from two smaller ones Synonyms actualize, appear, arise, break, commence, dawn, engender, begin, materialize, originate, set in, spring, startRelated Words be, breathe, exist, live, subsist; arrive, come on, emerge; coalesce, cohere, shape (up); continue, endure, last, persist, surviveNear Antonyms conclude, desist, discontinue, finish, halt, quit, terminate; disappear, dissolve, evaporate, vanish; depart, die, expire, pass away, perishAntonyms cease, end, stop

  5. 5 to come to have gradually I don't want you beginning skiers to form any bad habits Synonyms acquire, cultivate, developRelated Words absorb, adopt, embrace, take in, take on; gain, get, obtain; achieve, attain, reach; foster, nourish, nurture, promoteNear Antonyms abandon, desert, forsake; cast, discard, ditch, dump, fling (off or away), jettison, junk, reject, scrap, shed, shuck (off), slough (also sluff), throw away, throw out, unloadAntonyms lose



Synonyms and Antonyms of form

  1. 1 the outward appearance of something as distinguished from its substance the wood-carver carved the block of wood into the form of a duck Synonyms cast, configuration, conformation, fashion, figure, geometry, shape Related Words contour, outline, profile, silhouette; frame, framework, shell, skeleton; arrangement, design, format, layout, makeup, organization, pattern, plan, setup Near Antonyms composition, material, matter, raw material, stuff, substance

  2. 2 a piece of paper with information written or to be written on it I filled out all the forms for applying to the school Synonyms blank, document, paper Related Words instrument, writ; filing; sheet

  3. 3 personal conduct or behavior as evaluated by an accepted standard of appropriateness for a social or professional setting it's bad form to throw a tantrum on the court just because you lost a tennis match Synonyms etiquette, manner, mores, proprietiesRelated Words amenities, civilities, pleasantries; bearing, demeanor, deportment, mien; courtesy, decorum, mannerliness, politeness; formalities, protocol, rules; air, attitude, carriage, poise, polish, pose, posture, presence; custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), trick, way, wont; convention, fashion, mode, style

  4. 4 a state of being or fitness after a long season off, the football team is back in good form Synonyms estate, fettle, condition, health, keeping, kilter, nick [British], order, repair, shape, trimRelated Words practice (also practise); pass, phase, stage; footing, picture, posture, scene, status, situation; rank, standingNear Antonyms disorder, disrepair

  5. 5 a three-dimensional representation of the human body used especially for displaying clothes put the dress on the form to finish pinning it together Synonyms dummy, figure, mannequin, manikin (also mannikin)Related Words doll

  6. 6 an oft-repeated action or series of actions performed in accordance with tradition or a set of rules we'll use the second form in our church missals for today's Lenten service Synonyms ceremonial, ceremony, rite, formality, observance, ritual, solemnityRelated Words amenities, civility, decorum, etiquette, graces, proprieties; protocol; convention, custom, habit, manners, mores, practice (also practise), standard, tradition, way; celebration, service

  7. 7 socially acceptable behavior displayed good form throughout the formal dinner Synonyms decorum, decency, proprietyRelated Words etiquette; civility, courteousness, courtesy, gentilesse, gentility, graciousness, mannerliness, politeness, politesse; dignity, grace, refinement; discretion, prudence; appropriateness, correctitude, correctness, decorousness, fitness, rightness, seemliness; attention, attentiveness, care, carefulness; character, goodness, high-mindedness, honesty, honor, integrity, morality, probity, rectitude, righteousness, straightness, uprightness, virtue, virtuousnessNear Antonyms coarseness, crudeness, gracelessness; discourtesy, impoliteness, incivility, vulgarity; imprudence, indiscretion; badness, evil, immorality, wickedness; debauchery, degeneracy, degradation, depravity, perversion; crookedness, dishonesty, underhandedness, unscrupulousnessAntonyms impropriety, indecency, indecorum

  8. 8 the means or procedure for doing something there are established forms for voting on motions and amendments at meetings Synonyms approach, fashion, method, how, manner, methodology, recipe, strategy, style, system, tack, tactics, technique, wayRelated Words mode, modus operandi; blueprint, design, game, game plan, ground plan, intrigue, layout, line, model, plan, plot, program, route, scheme; expedient, move, shift, step; practice (also practise), process, routine; policy

  9. 9 the type of body that a person has he has the big-boned form of a linebacker Synonyms build, constitution, figure, physique, frame, habit, shapeRelated Words anatomy, structure

  10. 10 the way in which the elements of something (as a work of art) are arranged museumgoers liked the asymmetrical form of the mobile Synonyms arrangement, configuration, constellation, design, composition, format, getup, layout, makeup, ordonnance, patternRelated Words motif, theme

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